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Dried figs: high losses due to humidity

September 14, 2022 12:09 PM, Der AUDITOR
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AYDIN. In the Turkish growing regions, the fig harvest continues to progress. While the growers have almost completed the work in the valleys, the mountain fig harvest is still in full swing. The fig farmers in Aydin are struggling with the highest moisture levels in recent years.

Dashed expectations

Turkish dried fig production was recently estimated at around 95,000-100,000 mt. However, the high rainfall rate combined with the high humidity of the past weeks caused many figs to burst open on the trees. Producers as well as the Chamber of Agriculture informed that constant Imbat winds caused the humidity in the mountainous region of Aydin to rise to 70%. Market players describe too high a humidity rate as the "biggest enemy" of dried fig production. About one third of the fruit is said to be still rotting on the trees, so traders estima

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