Production to receive a boost
The vineyards span an area of 17,000 ha in Iran's Markazi Province and around 160,000 mt of grapes should be harvested this year. Issue is that drought and the frost witnessed in late March have taken their toll on production. In Khondab County, which is a production hotspot, crop volumes are, for instance, expected to decline by 30%. Growers normally harvest around 180,000 mt of grapes on 7,000 ha here. As some growers have started to shift to the scaffolding method to cultivate grapes production has received a boost in recent years.