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Sultanas: yield losses cause concern

July 25, 2023 at 10:56 AM , Der AUDITOR
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MANISA. Fungal infestation and possible yield losses are a growing concern for sultana farmers. Unofficial production estimates predict a significantly smaller crop.

Exporters hold back

In Turkey, daytime temperatures reach between 40°C and 45°C, and the perceived temperature is said to be more than 50°C. While the hot weather is benefiting the growing regions in Manisa, growers are worried about mildew infection of their vines. After the irregular and heavy rainfall in June, extreme heat and strong winds allowed the "fair weather fungus" to spread over a large area, and market players expect noticeable yield losses. Originally, sultana production was estimated at over 300,000 mt in 2023, but unofficial forecasts now

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