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News of December 2016
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December 2016

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Another year of ups and downs in the dried fruit and nut trade is behind us. But on a brighter note there have been breakthroughs in technology and numerous varieties of better and tastier nuts and dried fruits.

Iran Dried Fruit (IDF) team would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.


IRAN: Iran's pistachio exports set to top 136,000 tons
Iran is projected to export over 136,000 tons of pistachios in the year to March 2017, said a member of Iran's Pistachio Association (IPA)."The IPA estimated in its June meeting that annual pistachio production will reach 170,000 tons, of which about 80 percent will be exported," Farhad Agah told Iran Daily. China is the main importer of Iranian pistachios while the other buyers of the nut include the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), the EU, India and some Arab states. According to official figures, more than 200,000 tons of pistachios were harvested last year. Traditionally, Iran has a strong clout in the pistachio market.The lifting of sanctions followed by last year's nuclear deal between Tehran and the major world powers has raised hope that the Persian Gulf country will be able to dominate global markets. This will be possible through comprehensive planning to boost pistachio production and overcoming political obstacles such as those pertaining to sanctions. (Quoted from Irandaily 2-12-2016)


SPAIN: Castile-La Mancha expects 50% lower almond production

The Nuts department of ASAJA in Castile-La Mancha has estimated that the almond production in the new season will be 50% lower than in the previous campaign, when 7,662 tonnes were obtained from the 60,000 hectares in the region, mainly due to the atypical meteorological conditions during the blooming period. (Quoted from Freshplaza 22-11-2016)


TURKEY: Turkish sultana raisin prices edge upwards
The price gains were marginal but further increases are anticipated in the new year if Russia lifts its sanctions against Turkey, Izmir-based Remus Food International observed.The company noted that under normal conditions Turkish sultana raisins were the main items sought and demanded by Russia. “Sanctions toward Turkish products continue. Iran, however, profits from this a lot as its products enter Russia freely. (Quoted from Agranet 12-12-2016)


IRAN: Iran has yet another gem for healthy diet

Iran hopes a new opening in trade in the wake of a nuclear accord will vault it into the top rank of the world’s date exporters. The country is targeting US and Canadian markets. Iran expects to produce 1 million metric tons of dates this year, 15% of which will be exported. According to customs administration figures, Iranian dates are exported to 81 countries, mostly to the UAE, Pakistan, Turkey and Afghanistan. Countries as far as the UK and Germany and Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Australia and Malaysia also receive shipments of the popular fruit.
Dates are regarded by many as a super-food that offers valuable nutrients. The fruit is free of saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol. They are used in a variety of forms as syrup, sweetener or flavoring in biscuits, tart filling, jams, marmalades, milk shakes and other products. They have also industrial use in production of soft drinks, alcohol, yeast, liquid sugar and medicine. Iran cultivates about 400 varieties of dates but only seven cultivars -- Mazafati, Shahani, Sayer, Piarom, Zahedi, Kabkab and Astamaran -- are the source of exports. Mazafati, with its notes of caramel and sweet melting texture, accounts for the bulk of Iranian date exports. (Quoted from PressTV 10-12-2016)


IRAN: Iran accounts for 94% of world saffron production

Ninety-four percent of the world saffron production comes from Iran, according to deputy agriculture minister, Mitra Majdzadeh, as reported by Mehr news agency. She added that more than 280 metric tons of saffron was produced domestically over the past Iranian calendar year.

About 88,000 hectares was under saffron cultivation over the period, which was 5 percent more compared to the preceding year.
The deputy minister anticipated that the area under cultivation will be expanded by 10 percent by the end of the current Iranian year.
Although, saffron is grown in 21 provinces, Khorasan-Razavi and South Khorasan provinces account for 95 percent of the national production. Majdzadeh said the government plans to extend saffron cultivation to other provinces. (Quoted from the TheIranProject 2-12-2016)

News of December 2016
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