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March 2016


PISTACHIO

US: US pistachio shipments 30% down from 2015
US pistachio shipments in February were behind those of last year, continuing the pattern seen in previous months of the 2015/16 season, and ensuring that the year-to-date volume is lagging substantially behind. In a March 29 report, Primex International Trading Corporation noted that the latest downturn was expected given the short crop of 2015. February 2016 total US pistachio shipments were 19 million lbs, a decline of 25.5% from the 26 mln lbs.(Quoted from Agranet 30-03-2016)


ALMOND

SPAIN: Spanish farmers turn to almonds as lucrative crop
Analysts warn a bubble could build up in the almond market, as high prices attracted increasing number of growers to plant almond trees in Spain. “Almonds are being planted in all types of sites, traditional dry cropping and irrigated sites,” said Francisca Iglesias, regional secretary of farmers’ group UPA in Almeria. (Quoted from Agranet 26-03-2016)


RAISIN

TURKEY: Frost pushes up Turkish sultana prices
Sources in Izmir, Turkey, report that there have been a number of localised frosts in recent days which have affected the sultana growing regions around Izmir. It is too early to accurately assess the damage to the new crop, but prices on the local Izmir bourse have firmed over the past few days. (Quoted from Agranet 31-03-2016)


SAFFRON

IRAN: Iran exports $110mn saffron in 10 months
An official said Iran has exported more than 76 tons of saffron worth 110 million dollars in the first ten months of the current Iranian year (began March 21, 2015). Deputy Head of Iran’s Union of Sellers and Exporters of Saffron Gholamreza Miri noted that the amount of saffron exports has experienced a 35-percent fall compared to the same period last year due to the fluctuations in prices.
“If the volatility continues this way, we will be faced with a lack of demand for the product leading to stagnation while boosting exports requires stabilization of market conditions,” he emphasized.
Miri also referred to the lifting of anti-Iran sanctions asserting “currently, we are able to export saffron to countries like the US though the process was banned over the past years as a result of international sanctions.” (Quoted from Theiranprojects 2-03-2016)


FIG

TURKEY: Turkey’s dried fig exports break records
Birol Celep, chairman of the Dried Fruits and Products Exporters’ Union, stated that unfavourable weather conditions in the 2014/15 season, caused a drop in quality and subsequent export figures for Turkish Figs. (Quoted from Freshplaz 2-03-2016)

News of March 2016
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