Pistachios: production is at risk

November 3, 2021 12:09 PM, Der AUDITOR
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KERMAN. Iran’s Kerman Province largely depends on pistachio exports, which generate a valuable source of income. Annual revenue ranges at USD 1.5 billion. Rainfalls have, however, decreased by as much as 80% this year and traders are convinced that Iran’s position as leading supplier is under threat if the country fails to adapt to climate change.

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

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