A government ministry in Iran has banned the export of limes, lemons and the rubber used in making masks following the outbreak of Covid-19. Over 5,000 tons of lime imports will be in Iran by May 4 in order to reduce the prices of the fruit which some people think fights Covid-19. This is myth and it is harmful to public health to believe that you can use fruit juice to protect you.
According an industry spokesperson, limes have now been included in the list of items subject to Anti-Hoarding Law.
“A total of 600,000 tons of limes are produced in the country annually. Presently, the ban on exports won’t hurt farmers because the harvest season of the fruit is the first two months of summer; the market is now being manipulated by the middlemen,” he was quoted as saying by IRNA.