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Raisins: 30% decline in production anticipated

October 19, 2021 11:21 AM, Der AUDITOR
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KHONDAB. Annual grape production ranges at 4 million mt in Iran. The export of grapes and related products generates an income of USD 30 million every year. Growers are, meanwhile, busy turning grapes into raisins in the Markazi Province, drought and frost have, however, taken their toll on this year’s production.

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.

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