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Raisins: farmers tricked to buy counterfeits

October 5, 2021 9:03 PM, Der AUDITOR
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MALEKAN. Frost, hail and drought occurring in recent months have smashed all hopes of a good production in Iran’s East Azerbaijan Province this year. While initial production estimates for grapes exceeded 305,000 mt, they have now been slashed to 180,000 mt. Around 85% of the grapes produced here are processed into California and sultana raisins. Counterfeit pesticides are also a problem.

Farmers fall for fake pesticides

Current estimates, in other words, state that around 153,000 mt of grapes will be converted into California and sultana raisins in East Azerbaijan Province this year. The rest is consumed fresh and locally. Malekan county, in which most vineyards are located, will account for as much as 44,000 mt of California and sultana raisin production this year. The county’s main export destinations comprise the Persian Gulf, Central Asia and Russia along with some countries in Europe and in Africa. Producers, however, not only process gra

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