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The Pistachio War: Tight competition between Iranian and American Pistachios

America is trying to enter the International markets of Pistachio by importing Pistachio of California in packages and tastes like Iranian type.

(Iranian Agriculture News Agency) - "Although Iranian Pistachio has lower levels of Aflatoxin infection in comparison with that of past years and its wide exports have been started to the European and Asian markets, America wants to dominate Iran's Pistachio markets," said the Executive of the Union of Iranian dry goods.

"Over 38 thousand 700 tons of Pistachio have been exported in Aban (October) that is a considerable amount in the past month," added Mohammad Hassan Shams Fard.

"Iranian Pistachio is being sold at 6 to 7 thousand Dollars per ton in 5 Kilo packages while America sells its own Pistachio at 100 Dollars lower than Iranian one and in 25 to 50 Kilo packages," he added.

"America is trying to dominate Russian markets for Iranian Pistachio by offering its own product at lower prices than Iranian type," he mentioned.

"It's anticipated that 200 thousand tons of harvested Pistachio will be exporter to the International markets and 60 thousand tons will be stored in the storages for market coverage of the next year," he said.

In addition, Iranian domestic Pistachio consumption rate is 30 to 35 thousand tons.\

Reported By: Fatemeh Mehrdadian
Translated By: Aref Mohammadzadeh


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