Faragheh, Apricot production hub
Faragheh is a rural area with a pleasant climate in the central part of Abarkooh city in Yazd province, which has more than 1000 hectares of apricot orchards and annually produces 20 to 30 thousand tons of apricots. According to officials, the yield of apricots in Faragheh is two times bigger than the global average. Geographically, Faragheh can be considered a border village on the border of Yazd and Fars provinces. The Faragheh economy is mostly relying on gardening; Apricot and plum orchards. Local gardeners say that until 15 years ago, most wheat and beets were grown in the area but because it was not economically viable, people started to create apricot and plum orchards in a regular, modern, and economical way.
Now, and especially in the apricot harvest season, anyone who goes to Faragheh and Abarkooh realizes that it has become a hub for gardening. Seasonal workers go to Abarkooh from other parts of the country. Stores that sell baskets, ladders, and hats. Offices of insurance companies, shipping companies, bank branches, and summaries of businesses that seem to have formed a business cluster around apricot gardening. Faragheh water is mostly groundwater and in the past, it was Qanat, but unfortunately, the Qanats have been largely removed. Although the people of Abarkooh and Faragheh want to revive the Qanats, today the irrigation of gardens is mostly through wells.
Why Faragheh apricot?
Faragheh climate helps to get apricots relatively sooner than other parts of Iran. Tokhm Gardi apricots are obtained earlier than Falakeie apricots. Faragheh Tokhm Gardi apricots are relatively large, have a beautiful appearance, smooth and more sweet, and yellow color. The flesh of the fruit is relatively soft and sticks to the core. This cultivar is more suitable for fruit leather and fresh consumption, and its transportation requires high accuracy. The core is sweet.
The Falakeie apricots have more firm flesh and Suitable for export markets.
The main trees of the Faragheh gardens
The trees of the Faragheh gardens, which are mainly commercial and economic, are apricots and plums. Due to the climate and variety, Faragheh products are premature and are obtained earlier than many other regions of the country.
In the past, there was a cultivar of apricot called Khani, which was the local cultivar of the region. Apricot Khani is very tasty, although due to the height of the tree and the relatively low yield, new gardens use modified cultivars that are easier to pick and produce more fruit.
Tokhm Gardi and Falakeie cultivars are the two main cultivars of Abarkooh apricot.
Introduction with Dr. Ali Shafiei
Dr. Ali Shafiei, an economics graduate and university professor, creates and maintains a one-hectare apricot orchard in Sadeghabad village, Faragheh district with his family. The inherent order and accuracy of the people of Yazd province and Dr. Shafiei’s dominance on issues related to economics and business have made the prospect of friendship and cooperation more attractive.
Dr. Shafiei’s garden profile
The approximate area of Dr. Shafiei’s garden is one hectare and includes apricot and plum trees, which are planted one by one. The trees are 7 years old. Garden water is supplied from wells. Irrigation of the garden is in the form of drip and waterlogging and the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers is done according to the opinion of respected experts and specialists. Dr. Shafiei and one of his relatives named Mr. Zariei since last year have been cooperating with FortuneBerry in organizing online events. This year, the partnership of FortuneBerry with Faragheh gardeners is defined on approximately 20 hectares of apricot orchards in the region.
Why Dr. Shafiei is a responsible gardener?
Today, creating a garden, especially economic gardening, is a responsible approach in itself. Planting local fruit cultivars and participating in the development of business clusters around that product is also a completely correct and responsible behavior.
In addition to all this, Mr. Shafiei has also acted responsibly in water consumption.
Faragheh apricot participatory event
The deadline for registering participation in this event is from Wednesday,
May 05, 2021, to Saturday, May 08, 2021, and there be no geographical restrictions.
The end date of this partnership is Sunday, Jun 20, 2021.
The minimum amount of participation in this event is 35 kg for each participant.
The area cultivating of the participating gardens of this FortuneBerry is about 20 hectares.
Apricot Product performance of the above orchards is estimated at an average of 10 tons per hectare.
The cultivar of the fruit is Tokhm Gardi and Falakeie.
Value creation of this FortuneBerry is done through participation in harvesting, sorting, packaging, transportation, and marketing of the product.