Scarcity, Climate Change Hit Iran Pistachio Production


Pistachio farmers in Kerman Province have incurred losses of 30 trillion rials ($227 million) so far in the current Iranian year (started March 21) due to a drastic decline in production, the head of Northern Kerman Agricultural Jihad Organization. “It was estimated that 70,000 tons of pistachios would be harvested this year. Yet we have lost 90% of this amount to water shortage, climate change and high temperatures,” according to Abbas Saeedi.