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Pistachios: impossible to compete

March 22, 2022 11:59 AM, Der AUDITOR
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TEHRAN. Although growers in Iran cultivate pistachios on 357,000 ha, which is the largest area in the world, average yields only range at 500-700 kg/ha. For suppliers it is basically impossible to compete with the United States where average yields range at 2,600 kg/ha. Traders are also keeping a close eye on Turkey.

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To make matters worse frostbite and overheating caused many pistachios to form without kernels and production declined sharply by 25-30% on last year. The Iran Pistachio Association estimates the 2021/2022 production at 135,000 mt, whereby initial estimates ranged at 200,000 mt. Market players will issue first production estimates for this year in May.

US production, by contrast, rose by 11% to 529,000 mt, despite 2021 being an off year in terms of production as the International Nut and Dried Fruit Council reports. The depreciation of the Turkish

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