Pistachios: production to fall 21% short of last year

August 10, 2021 10:05 AM, Der AUDITOR
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TEHRAN. Although 2021 is an off-year in terms of production in Iran, the country holds a great advantage. The increase in the total area under cultivation coupled with the diversity of the pistachios produced in Iran have reduced the gap between off-years and on-years. Production, therefore, differs considerably in different parts of the country. Frost, heat and hailstorms have, however, caused considerable damage in many places.

Varied production

Iran’s pistachio farmers union estimates this year’s dried pistachio production at 150,000 mt, which is a sharp 21% decline on last year. Ahmad Aghaei pistachios are expected to account for 39% of production, Fandoghi pistachios for 29% and Akbari pistachios for 16% of production. Pests are also an issues as there are reports of pistachio psylla due to drought in many areas. Pistachios that are consumed fresh are not included in any estimates issued so far. These pistachios are mainly produced in the Khorasan Razavi and Semnan provinces

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