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Dried figs: water scarcity is a problem

July 9, 2021 11:52 AM, Der AUDITOR
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POLDOKHTAR. At present harvesting is underway in Poldokhtar. Although the black figs produced here are famous, the market is confronted with several problems. Not only are cold storage and packaging facilities lacking along with appropriate infrastructure but recent droughts have also cut off water supplies in many orchards this year. The prospects for production are rather bleak.

Bleak prospects

Although the first round of harvesting started at the end of May and continued to the end of June, the second round of harvesting is more important in Poldokhtar. The main fig crop is harvested from 01 July though to October. Fresh fig production should reach 36,000 mt. That is if yields range at 20 mt/ha. Although the area is known for its black figs, there are several problems growers and suppliers are left to deal with. Water scarcity, especially in summer throughout the harvest period has become a serious issue. Recent droughts have even prompted

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