LONDON, June 15 (IranMania) - Pistachio exports earned the country some $40 mln and 100 thousand in the past two months, said ISNA quoting a report by Iran's Customs Administration.
It added that some $60 mln worth of dried fruits were also exported in the same period, showing a decline of 44% against the figure for the corresponding period last year, Iran Daily said.
Some $26.7 mln worth of dried fruits were exported to United Arab Emirates and Hong Kong.
UAE, Hong Kong, Germany, Russia and Spain are the main international markets for Iran's dried fruit exports.
Some $7.8 mln worth of pistachios were exported to UAE in the past couple of months, when Germany imported $7.3 mln, Italy $2.8 mln, Hong Kong $2.7 mln and Russia $2.3 mln worth of pistachios from Iran.
Raisin exports reached $14.1 mln, showing a 36% increase against the figure for the corresponding period last year.
Some $3.1 mln worth of dates were exported in the period, which was up 18%.
Agro experts believe that the huge publicity by the United States, which has turned into a major pistachio producing country in recent years, has helped Iran take advantage of growing international market for the nut.
Thanks to the cultivation and marketing of pistachios by the Americans, Iran could easily take advantage of the current situation to improve pistachio exports.
However, the agro industry needs to develop pistachio sector to meet growing world demand.
While the area under pistachio cultivation needs to increase, Iranian farmers face severe technical, financial and commercial challenges.
Iran exported 136,000 tons of pistachios worth over $800 mln during March 2004-2005.
World markets on the lookout for more Iranian pistachios
TEHRAN – Iran’s annual export of pistachios hardly reaches 200,000 tons while good marketing strategies can give a major boost to this trade.
“We can increase our pistachio exports up by several million tons,” said Isa Kalantari, director of Iran’s House of Farmers. “Fortunately, Americans advertise their pistachios in global markets and, thus, we can easily sell our own products,” he noted, implying that the government should provide facilities for pistachio farmers and marketing experts so as to increase Iran’s share in the international pistachio trade.
4th Int'l Pistachio and Almond Symposium to be held in Tehran
May 18, IRNA
The three-day Fourth International Pistachio and Almond Symposium will begin here on May 23, it was announced here on Wednesday.
The conference is held under the supervision of the International Society of Horticultural Science once every four years.
The three earlier symposiums were held in Turkey (1994), the US (1998) and Spain (2001).
The main objective of the symposium is to provide specialists of pistachio and almond from across the world the opportunity to exchange views on the latest research conducted on the two products.
Seventy nine summarized articles have been received by the secretariat of the conference from foreign experts, whose high level promise a highly qualified international symposium.
Besides, 240 summaries of domestic treatises have already been submitted to the secretariat of the conference.
LONDON, May 14 (IranMania) - Raisins generate a farm value ranging from $200 million to $300 million annually in the State of California.
With production capacity ranging from about 300,000 short tons to nearly 500,000 short tons (dried-weight basis) over the last 13 years, the United States has become the world’s largest producer of raisins and the third largest exporter, after Turkey and Iran.
Raisins Made Mostly From Thompson Seedless Grapes Grape varieties are classified into three major groups: table-type, raisin-type, and wine-type grapes. Several
varieties can be used for both fresh and processing regardless of type classification.
Raisins are dried grapes. Technically, a grape becomes a raisin when, during the drying process, its sugar content drops below 16 percent. In the United States,
raisins are produced almost entirely in the Fresno area in California’s Central Valley.
Arizona produces a small fraction of all grapes used for making raisins, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics
Service (USDA-NASS). The long, hot growing season and abundant water supplies in the Central Valley helped turn this region of California into the center of the U.S. raisin industry.
Over the last 5 years, the area harvested to raisin grapes ranged from 230,000 to 280,000 acres. It is difficult, however, to determine the actual acreage devoted solely to raisin production. Commercial raisin production in California began in the 1870s. As early as 1909, California produced 280,000 short tons of raisin grapes (fresh-weight basis) and dried about 95 percent of that volume. Now, California’s raisin grape production averages over 2 million short tons annually and about 70 percent of this volume is used each year in making raisins.
The very first raisins produced in California were made from Muscat grapes, a large, seeded wine-type grape variety brought into this country by Spanish missionaries. Just as Muscat raisins were becoming popular, a Scottish immigrant, William Thompson, introduced seedless grape cuttings to California in 1872.
Today, industry sources report that the Thompson seedless grape is not only the leading grape variety grown in California but it also represents more than 95 percent
of all the grapes used to make raisins. This variety is classified as a raisin-type grape that produces a green, seedless fruit. While dominating raisin production, it is also
widely used for fresh consumption and for making juice concentrate and wine as well.
Several other raisin grape varieties are used for raisin production, including Muscat, Black Corinth, and Sultana. While most of the raisins are made from raisin-type
grapes, about 1-2 percent of all the grapes dried in California comprise of table grape varieties. The most widely used table grape variety for raisin production is Flame seedless.
There are also about 600 table grape growers in California and although the fresh market is their largest outlet, some of these growers also produce for the raisin
industry. Currently, between 3 and 5 percent of table grape production in California is processed into raisins. Growers sell their raisins to packers or handlers. A
packer takes on the responsibility of processing and packaging the raisins. A handler, on the other hand, is responsible for shipping. Processing generally includes: size
grading, washing, and sorting to discard any unwanted material and ensure that the final product meets exacting standards and quality. After final inspections, the
raisins are weighed and packed for distribution to various retail outlets. There are 22 raisin packers in California, including 3 cooperatives and 19 privately owned
operations. Sun Maid Growers Cooperative of California is the largest of the three cooperatives, handling a large share of the industry’s production. All of the
packers are also handlers, and there are two handlers who are not packers. Federal Marketing Order in Place The marketing of California raisins is regulated by a
federal marketing order, authorized by the U.S. Congress through the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937. Marketing orders are designed to help stabilize market conditions for specific agricultural products
LONDON, April 23 (IranMania) - Iran exported 136,000 tons of pistachios worth over $800 mln during March 2004-2005, said a senior agro official on Friday.
Behrooz Gheibi, the Agriculture-Jihad Ministry’s director general for pistachio affairs, told ISNA that production has declined in the current year due to bad weather conditions.
He, however, rejected reports that inclement weather would have destroyed 70% of the crop this year, stressing that official estimates on the extent of damage are expected within a week.
Also speaking to ISNA on Friday was the managing director of Pistachio Producers Association who said pistachio production could decline by over 60% in the year to March 2006 due to unseasonal hot weather in March and frosts in April that hit almost all parts of the country’s pistachio growing region in the southern province of Kerman.
Navid Moaven said water shortage is the main obstacle to pistachio production this year.
He further said that the yield per hectare in Iran remains as low as one ton, whereas other pistachio producing countries harvest three tons per hectare.
Moaven said the farmers sell pistachios to cooperative companies for US $4.1 per kilo. Pistachio production has been under stricter quality control in recent years, when the country has managed to expand its pistachio export markets throughout Europe, Southeast Asia and Africa.
Iran, the largest producer, controls 50% of the global pistachio market.