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News of June 2016
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June 2016


IRAN: Iran’s pistachio exports rise
Iran’s pistachio exports increased by 25 percent over the first two months of Iranian calendar year (started on March 21, 2016), hitting 12.5 thousand tons, Iran’s Customs tally showed. Iran exported 12.590 thousand tons of pistachio in various forms, totaling $119.236 million. A number of clients of the Iranian product included Yugoslavia, Latvia, Jordan, Spain, Australia, Slovakia, Afghanistan, the UAE, Algeria, Ukraine, Italy, Azerbaijan, Germany, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Belgium, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Taiwan, Turkey, Tunisia, South Korea, China, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, Iraq, Oman, Russia, France, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Qatar, Kuwait, Lebanon, Vietnam, India and Hong Kong. (Quoted from ISNA 11-06-2016)


US: Almond Acreage in California
Almond acreage growth across California over the last 10 to 15 years has replaced both perennial and annual crops. This includes cotton, vineyards, non-irrigated grasslands, alfalfa, grain and hay crops, tomatoes, corn, mixed field crops, irrigated pasture and more. Of the almond acreage planted during this time, 96 percent of it lies within the Central Valley’s historic irrigated area, most often replacing other irrigated crops. According to Land IQ, only 42,000 acres of growth over the last 10 to 15 years has occurred within previously non-irrigated grasslands.
“Almonds take up about 14 percent of the state’s irrigated farmland but uses 9.5 percent of California’s agricultural water, less than a proportionate share,” said Almond Board of California President and CEO Richard Waycott. “Because of the industry’s commitment to research and efficiency, growers use 33 percent less water to grow a pound of almonds than they did two decades ago.” (Quoted from FreshPlaza 9-06-2016)


US: USDA's preliminary grape report for California
According to the USDA, the 2015 California grape crush totaled 3,862,385 tons, down 7 percent from the 2014 crush of 4,144,534 tons.
Tons crushed of raisin type varieties totaled 92,432, down 41 percent from 2014, and tons crushed of table type varieties totaled 70,711, down 25 percent from 2014. The 2015 average price of all varieties, including wine grapes, was $667.31, down 10 percent from 2014. Average prices for the 2015 crop by type were as follows: raisin grapes, $247.52, up 6 percent; and table grapes, $252.63, up 8 percent. Grapes produced in District 4 (Napa County) received the highest average price of $4,328.75 per ton, up 6 percent from 2014. District 3 (Sonoma and Marin counties) received the second highest return of $2,440.74, up 5 percent from 2014. Because of unfavorable weather, the value of Napa County’s grape harvest declined 24.5 percent in 2015, from $706 million in 2014 to $533 million. (Quoted from FreshPlaza 11-06-2016)


Pakistan: Date demand soars during Ramadan
In Islam, dates are considered the most important food with which to break the daily Ramadan fast. Hence during the holy month of Ramadan, the demand for dates increases. More dates are sold compared to any other fruit in Ramadan and many fruit sellers offer dates exclusively on their stalls and carts. With demand of various varieties of dates increasing, the prices also increase according to the quality and supply. Iran is one of the biggest suppliers of the dates with the best dates in taste and with affordable prices.
The kinds of dates being sold in the Sukkur and Khairpur districts of Pakistan include Arabian dates, Sindhi Aseel, Karblain, Irani, and Rabai, as well as others. (Quoted from the 14-06-2016)


IRAN: 43% rise in Saffron production
Iran’s saffron production will double over the next 10-15 years, says National Saffron Council member, Ali Hosseini. According to the official, domestic saffron production stands at about 300 tons in the current Iranian year, which is 43% more than last year’s yield.
“Presently, there is 80,000 hectares of land under saffron cultivation in the two provinces of South Khorasan and Khorasan Razavi,” he was quoted as saying by Mehr News Agency on Tuesday. The northeastern provinces account for more than 90% of Iran’s total saffron production. (Quoted from The Iranprojects 12-06-2016)

News of June 2016
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