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Pistachios: climate crisis challenges industry

June 14, 2022 10:11 AM, Der AUDITOR
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MASHAD. Climate change has prompted pistachio production to shift towards the northwest and northeast of Iran. Drought and water scarcity have, by contrast, reduced production in Kerman province, which is located further south. The Khorasan Razavi province, in the northeast, however, scores with much more than climatic diversity.

Shift in production

Processors have also invested in storage facilities and mechanised refining in recent years. This is a great advantage as the province currently holds 130 facilities, which can process up to 320,000 mt of pistachios. Production not only profits from climatic diversity but also from access to enough water, professional tree management and mechanised processes in the gardens. Traders state that this high degree of expertise renders production in Khorasan Razavi better than in other provinces.

While suppliers ship more than 90% of the pistac

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