Iran: Cold spell inflicts damage worth $450m on Kerman pistachio farms

Updated Apr 21, 2022
“This is only our preliminary estimate on direct damage to orchards. If we take the entire pistachio production chain into account, the losses will have to be multiplied,” Mehdi Tabibzadeh was quoted as saying by the news portal of Iran Chamber of Commerce, Reza Mousavi Torabi, the head of the Agriculture Commission of Kerman Chamber of Commerce, says around 180,000 hectares of pistachio orchards were hit by the cold after the start of the current Iranian year (March 21), with three-fifths of them experiencing more than 50% damage.He added that pistachio production this year is expected to decline by 65,000 tons and the quality of the remaining yield will certainly drop.Kerman’s Governor General Ali Zeynivand says preliminary estimates show that the pistachio industry has suffered 200 trillion rials ($700 million) in losses, adding that the figure equals 8% of the province’s annual GDP.With around 212,000 hectares of pistachio orchards, Kerman Province ...
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