Iran’s Dates Exports to be Reduced Due to High Demand of Domestic Markets
As the demand for high quality Iranian dates have been increased in domestic markets, Iran’s dates exports will be reduced significantly in coming months in compare to last year.
Mohammad Sadegh Hamidian Jahromi, the Vice President of Iran’s National Date Forum, announced on Wednesday that local producers are distributing dates in domestic markets due to high demands.
“In this year, we observe hike in dates’ prices. This had happened due to the time of Ramadan. In last decade, Ramadan used to occur in winter rather than summer. As Iranian agriculturalists harvest their dates in winter, they must pay storage fees to save their products until summer. This element has caused increase in dates’ prices.” Hamidian Jahromi remarked.
“The same thing has increased prices of dates in other Muslim countries such as UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Iraq and Saudi Arabia.” Mohammad Sadegh Hamidian Jahromi declared.
He also mentioned that Iranian producers may decrease their exports to other countries in the hope of fulfilling domestic markets. “The first priority of Iranian exporters is fulfilling domestic markets. The balance of supply and demand must be controlled in country in order to avoid tensions in local markets.”
“Currently, Iran is among five top exporters of dates. The recent fluctuations in Iranian exchange markets have encouraged many producers to export their products to foreign countries rather than selling them in domestic markets. The officials of Iranian government should pay attention to this reality.” Hamidian Jahromi warned against possible shortage of dates in Iranian markets in near future.