Dried Fruit

Raisins: output much lower than possible

June 14, 2022 11:24 AM, Der AUDITOR
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MALAYER. Growers prune their vines on 10,700 ha in Iran’s Malayer county. They also harvest around 240,000 mt of grapes, of which 94% are then dried and turned into sultana raisins. Malayer’s annual raisin production ranges at 35,000-40,000 mt.

Output falls 50% short of what is possible

Suppliers mainly export these raisins to Canada, Turkey and Ukraine as well as the Middle East. These volumes, however, fall short of the 81,000 mt the province would be able to produce. Issue is that the 61 processing units located in Malayer fail to reach full capacity. The industry employs around 15,000 people. Growers are busy pruning nearly all year round to increase productivity. By cutting off dried branches and excess vegetation and removing buds that do not bear fruit the vines have more energy to carry grapes.

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