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Sultanas: higher costs due to pesticides

July 4, 2023 at 12:32 PM , Der AUDITOR
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MANISA. High moisture levels in the growing regions are forcing growers to use more pesticides. This is likely to affect both the quality and pricing of this year's sultana production.

Moisture becomes a problem

In the sultana-growing regions of Manisa, daytime temperatures are now climbing up to 37°C, which is not unusual for this time of year. However, high humidity coupled with the recent heavy rains are ideal breeding grounds for mildew and other diseases. To protect their yields, farmers are forced to use pesticides regularly, which further increases production costs this year.

Exporters lower prices

Market players fear that the quality of the fruit will suffer from the infestation and the use of pesticide

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