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Pistachios: water is not the only issue

November 16, 2021 10:26 AM, Der AUDITOR
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TEHRAN. Pistachios are essential to Iran’s economy. Not only do they provide jobs for around 5 million people but also generate income in much needed foreign currency. Advantage is that cultivation requires little water. Issues with this valuable resource, however, do not pose the only threat to the entire industry.

32% slump in exports

Traders are issuing repeated warnings that nothing less than Iran’s entire pistachio industry is at stake if exports fail to generate more income. The area under cultivation currently comprises 500,000 ha and each square metre generates one dollar of income for the country, which is far too little. Especially this year as exports have declined sharply. Although exports normally peak between 23 September and 22 October, they currently are 32% down on last year. While monthly exports ranged at 25,000 mt in October last year, they slumped to

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