Mahsum Altunkaya, Chairman of the Turkish Exporters Assembly Cereals, Pulses, Oil Seeds and Products Sector Board, stated that the sector’s exports reached $9 billion 156 million 524 thousand in 2021 with an increase of 25.57%.
In his written statement, Altunkaya stated that exporters left behind a difficult year due to the Covid-19 outbreak and related global problems.
Stating that they set out with an export target of $9 billion at the beginning of 2021, Altunkaya said, “Last year, $9 billion 156 million 524 thousand of grain and pulses exports were realized. Our 2022 target was determined as $11 billion. 2022 is a year when we all have to work, produce and export more. It is the common duty of all our citizens to do this for the development of our country and to increase employment.”
Stating that the rules were rewritten in exports, as in all business lines, with the epidemic, Altunkaya said:
“Of course, it is very difficult to fight a global epidemic and to reach the final consumer by exporting in a world where health problems are experienced. We have overcome these difficulties and made a great contribution to the world’s tables by presenting our healthy products produced in the fertile lands of Anatolia. In 2022, while increasing our share in the existing markets, we will work with all our strength to create permanent markets by turning to new target countries. We want to continue to be strong in the world markets with our high value-added products and to continue our exports with sustainable exports regardless of the conditions. We are in constant contact with the relevant ministries of our state for the solution of the problems experienced in exports. All continents of the world, especially the Middle East countries, are important markets for us. We hope that 2022 will be the year of investment, production, employment and export.”
Source: Sabah / Translated by Irem Yildiz