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.