Mandarin, tomato, lemon, cherry – sour cherry, and grapes accounted for 51% of Turkey’s fresh fruit and vegetable exports last year.
According to the information compiled by the AA correspondent from the Mediterranean Exporters Unions (AKIB), the export of fresh fruits and vegetables, which provided a foreign currency inflow of $2 billion 259 million 749 thousand in 2019, reached $2 billion 730 million 157 thousand with an increase of approximately 21% in 2020.
Last year, $1 billion 79 million 827 thousand of fruit, $699 million 492 thousand of vegetables, $933 million 150 thousand of citrus, $17 million 451 thousand of tea were exported.
The most exported products in fresh fruit and vegetables were, respectively, mandarin, tomato, lemon, cherry – sour cherry, and grapes. The 5 products in question made up 51% of the total exports with the foreign currency input of $1 billion 407 million 115 thousand.
In the evaluation of exports according to product groups, the most exported fruit was mandarin with $437 million 696 thousand and tomatoes in vegetables with exports of $313 million 377 thousand.
“2021 is a very important year for the fresh fruit and vegetable sector”
Nejdat Sin, President of the Mediterranean Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters’ Association, told Anadolu Agency (AA) that Turkey is the 7th largest agricultural economy in the world with its $52 billion agricultural product.
Stating that the fruit and vegetable production throughout the country has increased every year, Sin stated that this increase has a positive effect on the developments in exports.
Sin emphasized that they achieved significant success with fresh fruit and vegetable exports of $2 billion 730 million 157 thousand despite the new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) last year, and stated that the increase in foreign sales was welcomed by the sector representatives.
Drawing attention to the contribution of mandarins, tomatoes, lemons, cherries – sour cherries and grapes in exports, Sin said, “5 products made great contributions to the achievements in exports last year. With the quality production support of our producers, we rose to fourth place in vegetable production and fifth in fruit production in the world.”
Reminding that 2021 was declared as the International Year of Fruit and Vegetables by the United Nations (UN), Sin said, “2021 is a very important year for the fresh fruit and vegetable sector. This year, we focused on the rise in both production and exports. In 2021, we will continue on our way by expanding our market range and doubling our exports.”
Source: AA / Translated by Bazaar Times Team