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Sultanas: farmers urge TMO to issue high prices

August 15, 2023 at 12:59 PM , Der AUDITOR
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MANISA. Prospects are miserable in Turkey at present with farmers reckoning that the worst growing conditions witnessed in years prevailed in spring. Harvesting of table grapes is underway and the harvest of sultana grapes that are used for drying will start at the end of August.

Production to range nearly 40% lower

Trouble are that the heavy and prolonged rains witnessed in spring have impacted production in many parts of the country where grapes are grown, also in the Gediz Plain, which is famour for sultana raisins. The lack of sunshine induced retarded plant growth and intense soil moisture caused root rot. Farmers also had trouble accessing muddy fields to apply chemicals and mildew spread easily.

Yields for Manisa and Izmir combined are now estimated as low as 215,000 mt, which falls well short of the initially projected 300,00

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