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Dried figs: yields are 10% up

November 3, 2021 10:11 AM, Der AUDITOR
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ABARKUH. The farmers in Abarkuh county in Iran’s Yazd Province need to adapt to climate change fast. Reduced rainfall, water shortages and persistent drought have prompted arable lands to decline from 20,000 hectares to 15,800 hectares in recent years as the local agricultural organisation reports. For farmers it is essential to increase water efficiency. New irrigation methods and favourable weather conditions have helped growers to step up fig production this year.

Farmers must adapt fast

Agriculture accounts for 40% of employment in Abarkuh county. Limited water resources present a challenge for farmers, who are confronted with difficulties in rendering production more efficient. Modern irrigation systems, for instance, only operate on 5,500 hectares of land and are currently being installed on 400 hectares. Figs have, however, profited from such irrigation systems and favourable weather conditions this year.

Harvesting started in late August and was completed in the first week of October. Average yields have risen by

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