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Raisins: buyers urged not to be too optimistic

July 9, 2021 10:43 AM, Der AUDITOR
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TEHRAN. Not only has harvesting started in some parts of Iran but reports are also highly encouraging. Yields in Kermanshah province, where early ripening Yaghooti grapes are harvested, are even said to range 20% higher than last year. Traders, however, urge raisin suppliers not to be too optimistic.

Yields to range 20% higher

Issue is the persistent drought with record high temperatures witnessed in the country this year coupled with frost and cold weather in spring. Green raisin production in Kashmar in the Khorasan Razavi province is, for instance, expected to decline by 20-30%. By contrast, the vineyards in Gilan-e Gharb county in Kermanshah province were less impacted by adverse weather conditions as they were not confronted with frost and cold weather.

Growers, in addition, use scaffolding which helps to improve the quality of the grapes and render

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