Cereals and pulses sector exports exceeded $7 billion for the first time in Turkey

Altunkaya, TIM Grain Pulses, Oil Seeds and Products Sector Board Chairman, stated that they made an export of $7.3 billion last year and that exports were over $7 billion for the first time in the sector.

Mahsum Altunkaya, TIM Grain Pulses, Oil Seeds and Products Sector Board Chairman, said in a written statement that 2020 was a difficult year for all exporters, and they hope that everything will return to normal in 2021.

Altunkaya stated that they started the last year with great energy, but took many measures as a reflex against the Covid-19 epidemic and worked with all their might to prevent interruption of Turkey’s exports.

“Despite all the difficulties and the harsh conditions of the pandemic, our exports increased by 7.5% over the 12-month period, reaching approximately $7.3 billion. As the sector, we broke a new record by carrying our exports above $7 billion for the first time. One of the reasons for the success we have achieved in 2020 exports is that our industry supplies are essential food products, they are indispensable for human life. For this reason, our industry has strategic importance. Due to this reason, the demand for our sector products has increased even more with the effect of the pandemic.”

Pointing out that the exporters’ ability to adapt to the conditions by working on their lessons in a short time is an important factor in the increase in exports during the pandemic process, Altunkaya said, “Difficulties do not discourage Turkish exporters, but rather encourage them to take new initiatives. In short, the main reasons underlying the success of our sector are the strategic importance of the sector and the skill of the sector exporter.”

Source: AA / Translated by Bazaar Times Team

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