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Pistachios: impossible to trace

May 27, 2021 2:49 PM, Der AUDITOR
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MASHAD. Although the Khorasan Razavi Province accounts for as much as 21% of Iran’s pistachio production, only few will have heard of Khorasan pistachios in the international market. And yet, if traceable supply chains are to be created effective marketing has to be introduced in the province. Large volumes are shipped to destinations in Europe and Asia every year.

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Khorasan Razavi comprises more than 108,000 ha of pistachio orchards, of which 68,500 ha are fertile. As much as 72,000 mt of dried pistachios were harvested in 2020 and average yields ranged at 1.05 kg/ha. Although the province accounts for 21% of production in Iran, its share in the export market only ranges at 5%. This is because large volumes of the pistachios produced here are frequently transported to other provinces, before been consumed in the domestic market or shipped overseas without any records.

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