Iranian apple growers are calling on their government to facilitate the export of at least one million tons of their surplus harvest. A senior board member at the Orchard Owners Association of Iran has stated there was an immediate need for exports of a bulk of apple surplus from the country.
Mojtaba Shadlou said the apples in storage houses will rot unless exported until late April: “This surplus should be immediately shipped to outside the country, otherwise it will rot and the growers will face losses.” Some reports suggest that the Iranian agriculture ministry has set up a barter mechanism whereby imports of banana into the country are tied to apple exports.
A customs directive implementing the mechanism, which is aimed at lowering the soaring prices of banana in Iran in recent weeks, has been enacted since early February, according to reports in the local media.
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