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