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Iran Lifts Ban on Pistachio Exports After Criticism, Donya Says

The Iranian government lifted a six-month ban on the export of pistachio nuts that was introduced to curb price rises, Donya-e-Eqtesad reported, citing officials.

The ban, imposed last week, was lifted on condition that pistachios be made available to local consumers “at suitable prices,” deputy Commerce Minister Hamid Safdel said yesterday, the Tehran-based newspaper reported. Industry, Mines and Trade Minister Mehdi Ghazanfari earlier said that discussions with exporters were taking place to ensure the local market will be well supplied before Iranian new year celebrations in March, the report said.