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Raisins: technology is key

July 22, 2021 4:12 PM, Der AUDITOR
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TEHRAN. Raisin production has started in Iran’s Kohrasan Razavi province. Harvesting is also underway. According to the local Agricultural Organization there are around 45 facilities for processing grapes and raisins. Traders, however, report that technology is an issue as the raisins processed here frequently fail to meet minimum health requirements in the countries to which they are exported. Excessive heat has also left its traces in the vineyards.

Sunburn due to excessive heat

The microbiological load is also problematic. However, it is not only up-to-date technology that is missing but also smaller processing units in the vineyards, which would help suppliers to meet basic standards. Such shortcomings are a particular issue in Kashmar, Khalilabad and Bardaskan counties. Another problem was that farmers tended to cultivate only one variety of grapes. This has, fortunately, changed somewhat as farmers are now switching to new cultivars, which helps to mitigate risks.

As the Agricultural Organization of

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