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Pistachios: big crop poses new challenges

June 28, 2023 at 11:51 AM , Der AUDITOR
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RAFSANJAN. As production will bounce back to 200,000 mt this year Iran is back on track to retain its position as leading international producer for pistachios. Yet, suppliers in Rafsanjan challenge the general assumption that the country will prove a fierce competitor for the US in the new season.

Unexpected turn

Kerman Province, in fact, accounts for 50% of Iran’s pistachio output and developments in Rafsanjan County, which is in Kerman, reflect the current state of the industry. While climate change, frostbite and drought caused much damage in the past four years with up to 98% of the crop being lost and production only ranging at 4,000 mt, there has been an unexpected turn of events this year. Weather conditions have been surprisingly good and if all goes well as much as 65,000-70,000 mt of high-quality pistachios may be harvested this year.

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