Pistachios: frost deals production heavy blow

April 15, 2021 1:53 PM, Der AUDITOR
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TEHRAN. A nightmare has come true for many pistachio growers in Iran’s Kerman province. The initially encouraging springlike weather conditions that prevailed over the last few weeks have certainly proved deceptive. Sudden frosts struck at night with temperatures ranging as low as -5C on 5-7 April. As flowering was already underway the damage is extensive with some areas reporting losses of up to 80%.

Deceptive weather

As the weather was calm and relatively mild over the last few weeks, the sudden frost came as a shock. Many growers have even lost their entire crop in only three nights. According to the Agricultural Organization of Kerman Province, 20-80% of the orchards have been impacted by frost. Of the 212,000 ha on which pistachio trees are grown, as much as 53,822 ha have been damaged. Frost has dealt the country a double blow. Issue is that pistachios are not only important for employment in Iran’s production hub Kerman, but also bring and extensive

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