Turkey’s fresh fruit and vegetable exports increased by 19% in the first 9 months of the year compared to the same period of the previous year and reached $2 billion 15 million.
According to the compilation made by the Mediterranean Exporters’ Associations (AKIB), the export of fresh fruits and vegetables, which was 2 million 463 thousand tons in the 9 months of last year, increased to 3 million 112 thousand tons with an increase of 26% in the same period of this year.
In the export of fresh fruits and vegetables, which increased in value as well as in quantity, foreign sales of $1 billion 690 million in the January-September period of 2020 were recorded as $2 billion 15 million with an increase of 19% in the 9 months of this year.
In the sector, where the threshold of $2 billion in foreign sales was exceeded in 9 months, fresh fruit was exported with a maximum of $945 million 125 thousand. Fresh vegetables took the second place with $630 million 383, and the citrus group took the third place with $427 million 29 thousand.
The most exported product of the sector in the January-September period was tomato with $264 million 759 million. Tomato was followed by lemon with $184 million 30 thousand and cherry with $184 million 5 thousand.
“EXPORTS WILL CONTINUE TO INCREASE”
In his statement to the AA correspondent, Nejdat Sin, President of the Mediterranean Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters’ Association, thanked everyone who contributed to the country’s exports.
Underlining that they continue to build on the rise in foreign sales, Sin said, “In terms of the position and dynamics of our country, its exports increased after the pandemic and will continue to increase. Sector representatives and workers loved this increase. This rise is pleasing in terms of the representation of our country abroad, foreign currency inflow and employment creation. I think we will go by constantly putting on the numbers without suffocating or suffocating.”
Sin said that in fresh vegetables and fruits, tomatoes are the most sold abroad in 9 months of the year, and that the exported products can change according to the season.
Addressing manufacturers and exporters, Sin said, “We need to export by increasing the quality of our products. I also have a message and a request to the producers: while producing, we are producing products that are more careful, transparent, traceable, worthy of human health, or rather monitored and at the standards accepted in the world, but we need to pay a little more attention to this. This both strengthens our hand and enables us to export more.”
Source: Sabah / Translated by Irem Yildiz