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Dates: lower yields reported

August 4, 2020 1:24 PM, Der AUDITOR
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TEHRAN. While Iran is currently experiencing the hottest days of the year termed "Khormapazan” in the local language, the markets in southern Khuzestan are full of freshly harvested dates. Prospects are highly encouraging and as market players report attempts of improving cultivation are starting to bear fruit. Nevertheless, the Iran-Iraq war, which took place more than thirty years ago, and environmental problems remain an issue in the market.

Uptick in production in Khuzestan

Fresh date production is to reach 230,000 metric tonnes in the Khuzestan province, a sharp rise of 32% over last year. The quality of the Kharak and Rotab dates is claimed to be better than last year. Harvesting of these varieties started in July, while the fruits were not fully ripe. These dates are mainly consumed fresh and production is estimated at 50,000 metric tonnes, up 25% on last year. Production in Khuzestan has suffered massive setbacks over the last thirty years. Not only were large palm groves bombed during the Iran-Ira

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