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Dried figs: pollination is underway

May 28, 2021 at 9:14 AM, Der AUDITOR
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TEHRAN. Fig tree pollination has started in Estahaban and in Neyriz in Iran. Gardeners here use caprifigs for pollination. This has the advantage that the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides are reduced and that the taste and quality of the figs is improved. Problem, however, is that there are not enough caprifig trees in Iran.

More caprifig trees required

Although caprifig trees produce inedible fruits, they provide ideal conditions for the fig tree wasp (Blastophaga). A market has been set up in Estahaban, where gardeners buy and sell caprifig trees and the quality of the fruit is monitored. Caprifigs are cultivated on more than 700 ha in Estahaban and annual caprifig production ranges at 1,200 mt.

According to the Agricultural Organisation of Estahaban pollination has started on an area of 24,500 ha. The Agricultural Organisation of Neyriz, in addition, reports that pollination has started on 5,000 ha. Due to reduced rainfall the gardeners are, however, using less caprifig trees for pollination, which will continue until the end of June. Traders state that more caprifig orchards are required in Iran to improve production. Dried figs are trading EUR 0.22-0.23/kg higher than last week.

Dried figs, Iran

Type

EUR/kg*

Grade A

4.78

Grade AA

5.46

Grade AAA

6.15

FOB Iran

 

*Please note that the prices indicated here refer to an order volume of 1 mt. Prices may range lower for higher volumes.

 

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