Production slumps by 40%
Although exact estimates have still to be issued, it is reckoned that production has slumped by 40% to 50% this year. Kerman normally exports as much as 90% of production. Expectations are, however, that customers will switch to other producing countries such as the United States, Turkey and Greece. Climate change and drought pose a serious threat to pistachio production, which is an important means for Iran to import foreign currencies.
Growers have frequently been confronted with water stress in the last two decades, authorities ha