Concerns has been raising across Turkey because of drought and not having had adequate rainfall for recent months. Pistachio trees, which were not irrigated in Gaziantep region in previous years, are now irrigated by some farmers due to drought.
In the Araban district Plain, where pistachios are planted on an area of 100,000 decares, some trees bloomed despite theirhas not come yet. While producers are worried about not getting a crop in the coming years, it is predicted that the lack of products will seriously affect prices.
The drought also affected the pistachio known as ‘green gold’. In the Southeastern Anatolia Region, pistachio trees started to come up early due to drought. This means that pistachio prices will increase by 200 percent.
Stating that the trees in the pistachio gardens are hotter than seasonal normals due to global warming and come up early due to drought, Araban District Chamber of Agriculture President Hasan Altun said that producers are worried about the pistachio, which is one of the important sources of income in the district.
‘Prices may rise by 200 percent’
“If pistachios are abundant, prices will decrease. The next year is not a peanut year and the crop will hardly ever be due to the drought. Without peanuts, there may be a 200 percent increase in prices,” Altun noted.
“If there is no rain and trees continue to be fooled by the climate, the yield is affected by at least 50 percent. Our pistachio farmer has no choice but to rain. Our only hope is that it will rain as soon as possible,” Altun added…