Cereals, pulses, oilseeds and products sector exported $6 billion 422 million with an annual increase of 22% in the January-September period.
According to the information compiled from the data of the Southeastern Anatolian Exporters’ Associations (GAIB), 7 million 753 thousand tons of agricultural products grown in Anatolian lands were delivered to 213 countries and free zones in 9 months of the year, resulting in a foreign exchange income of $6 billion 422 million.
Turkish grain and pulses exporters earned the most revenue from vegetable oils in the 9 months of the year with $909 million. This product, whose exports increased by 36% compared to the same period of the previous year, was followed by biscuit-cake with $873 million and wheat with $806 million.
The sector, which exports the most to the Middle East countries with $2 billion 529 million, provided $1 billion 95 million from exports to Iraq, $392 million from exports to Syria and $365 million from foreign sales to the USA.
On the basis of exporters’ unions, GAIB, to which Gaziantep, Sanliurfa, Diyarbakir, Mardin, Malatya, Kahramanmaras, Adiyaman and Kilis are affiliated, became the union with the highest export volume with $2 billion 76 million.
Mahsum Altunkaya, Chairman of the Turkish Exporters Assembly (TIM) Cereals, Pulses, Oil Seeds and Products Sector Board, stated that agricultural products grown in Anatolian lands are consumed all over the world, and said:
“The acceleration and intensive use of digital transformation with the epidemic made the job of our exporters easier. Our exporters quickly adapted themselves to this change and adapted to the new trade style of the new world. Our exporters continue to export successfully all over the world. We continue our efforts for the sustainability of our sector’s exports. We also want to be permanent and decisive in every market. Our exports are increasing every year. When we look at the exports in 9 months of the year, we are taking firm steps towards our year-end target.”
Source: Sabah / Translated by Irem Yildiz