Halabja pomegranates arrive in Germany; Sweden to get deliveries Monday: businessman
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The first batch of Kurdish pomegranates locally produced in the Kurdistan Region’s Halabja province have arrived in Munich, Germany, and will soon be getting to Sweden as well, a businessman said Sunday.
Faraydoon Namdar, a Halabja businessman who initially introduced the fruit to the British market in November, told Kurdistan 24 about the deliveries and noted that another batch is set to arrive in Sweden on Monday.
The arrival of the popular fruit, the so-called “red gold,” comes following an uptick in demand from several European countries, including France, Sweden, Germany, and Italy.
There are currently two other batches of pomegranates en route to arrive in Britain soon, Namdar said, totaling the amount of exported pomegranates to nearly 180 tones. The first batch’s arrival in Britain in November was widely welcomed by the Kurdish diaspora and British political figures familiar with the Kurdistan Region.
Halabja is home to one of the most fertile lands in the Kurdistan Region that annually produces various fruits and vegetables to meet local market demands. The province produces around 30,000-40,000 tons of pomegranates annually, according to Namdar.
Farmers harvest pomegranates annually in early October based on recommended guidelines to preserve the fruit’s quality and nutritional value.
The Kurdish businessman also said he is looking forward to exporting pomegranate products to beyond Europe, such as the United States and Canada in the future. “We are currently in the process of bottling pomegranates molasses and exporting them to Canada and the US,” Namdar said.
Editing by Khrush Najari