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Raisins: climate compatibility is the issue

March 2, 2022 11:33 AM, Der AUDITOR
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MASHAD. Although frost, excessive heat and power outages reduced raisin production by more than 30% in Iran’s Khorasan Razavi Province in 2021/2022, climate compatibility is a decisive advantage here. The Ministry of Agriculture is certainly keen to modernise production and increase productivity. Farmers currently grow grapes on around 29,000 ha.

Keen to step up production

Drought, restrictions on groundwater extractions and reduced groundwater resources coupled with lower rainfall have given rise to the cultivation of fruits requiring little water such as grapes in Khorasan Razavi in recent years. The industry intends to step up production and improve quality. At present, the province ranks third in terms of production within Iran and around 350,000 mt of grapes were harvested here in 2021. The province also scores with around 45 grape processing facilities, where around 75% of production are turned into ra

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