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Dates: World Cup to boost demand

July 26, 2022 11:16 AM, Der AUDITOR
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BUSHEHR. Suppliers in Iran’s Bushehr province report that the prospects for this year’s crop could hardly be better, although drought is a concern. The 2022 men’s football World Cup, which will be held in Qatar from 21 November till 18 December, is already impacting demand for dates.

Harvesting about to start

Harvesting starts in August and continues through to October in Bushehr. Growers reckon that they will harvest around 46,000 mt of fresh dates and 9,000 mt of dried dates. Producers have high hopes this year as the World Cup is expected to boost sales. Suppliers have already issued offers for Zahedi, Piarom and Kabkab dates to potential customers in Qatar. Downside, however, is that drought has impacted quality.

Although new palm trees that have been planted and grown in recent years will partially offset any loses caused by drought

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