Iran’s Pistachio Crop Down by Two-Thirds

A03265386.jpgTEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian pistachio, which ranks as one of the country’s largest export items next to oil and gas, is down to one-third of its usual crop due to frost.

“This year’s crop has fallen to somewhere between 80 and 100 tons which shows a two-third loss in comparison to last year’s crop,” Atab website quoted Mohsen Jalalpour as saying on Monday.

Jalalpour, head of Iran Pistachio Association, said, “While the crop loss causes the price of pistachio to rise domestically, Iran’s competitors will capture our markets abroad, which will be difficult for the country to regain.”

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