The amount of pistachio exports from Turkey in the January-June period of this year increased by approximately 136% compared to the same period of the previous year and reached $85 million 433 thousand.
According to the information compiled by AA correspondent from the Southeastern Anatolian Exporters’ Associations (GAIB), 90 million 471 thousand dollars of pistachio exports were made in 2020.
In the January-June period of last year, $36 million 186 thousand were obtained from the sale of pistachios, while exports to 105 countries increased by 136% in the same period of this year, and $85 million 433 thousand were obtained.
In the first quarter of the year, 8,319 tons of pistachios were exported to 105 countries including Canada, Portugal, Morocco, Japan, India, Malaysia, Maldives, Cuba and Russia.
Italy is one of the countries that Turkey exports the most pistachios to. Turkey sold $22 million 556 thousand of pistachios to Italy in the first 6 months of this year. Germany followed Italy with $16 million 345 thousand and Israel with $5 million 571 thousand.
“We believe that the figures will be even higher at the end of the year”
Sanliurfa Commodity Exchange Assembly President Isa Kizildemir told Anadolu Agency (AA) that it is pleasing that the export figures are high. Reminding that Sanliurfa is the city with the highest number and production of pistachio trees in Turkey, Kizildemir stated that the producers experienced a fruitful season last year.
Kizildemir stated that there are plenty of pistachios in the market and that it is an important gain for the country’s economy to use it in exports, and said:
“We are glad to see a high increase in export figures in the first 6 months of the year, we believe that the figures will be even higher at the end of the year because our product is high due to the high production realized last year. The popularity of our high-quality pistachio abroad will also contribute greatly to our country’s economy.”
Source: AA / Translated by Irem Yildiz