Turkey exported $18 million of honey in Jan-Sept period

According to the data of the Eastern Black Sea Exporters Union (DKIB), 4 thousand 101 tons of honey was exported in Jan-Sept 2020 and $18 million 196 thousand 233 of profit was achieved from it. $15 million 672 thousand 422 revenue was obtained from 3 thousand 556 tons of honey exports in the same period of the previous year. Accordingly, honey exports increased by 15 percent in amount and 16 percent in value compared to the same period last year.

30 percent increase in honey exports to Germany

Most honey exports were made to Germany, USA and Saudi Arabia. 1587 tons of honey exported to Germany in 9 months and $6 million 72 thousand 252 revenue achieved.

1255 tons of honey was exported to Germany and $4 million 658 thousand 727 were earned in the same period of last year. Thus, honey exports to Germany increased 26 percent in amount and 30 percent in value compared to the same period last year.

Germany was followed by the USA with $3 million 709 thousand 832 of export, and Saudi Arabia with $2 million 859 thousand 939.

The countries that Turkey did not export last year such as Poland, Yemen, Bangladesh, Hungary, Djibouti, Denmark, the Philippines, Switzerland, Panama, Cape Verde, Republic of South Korea and Guinea were among the 45 countries that Turkey exported honey this year.

Ahmet Hamdi Gurdogan, the deputy board chairman of DKIB stated that Turkish honey has been turned into a branded product and its quality has been assured, its exports have increased in recent years, but this is insufficient. He said:

‘’Honey production is done according to the plant species in every region of Turkey. We believe that honey exports will rise to a higher level if all products are geographically indicated according to the regions, domestic and international trademark registrations are made according to the local names, and the products are packaged in small packages of very attractive quality. If a sales strategy is determined in this way, the producer will earn more.

The best model for this issue is the cooperative model that will enable producers to organize. Local and product-based producers can easily implement the cooperative model. With this model, supplementary food products mixed with honey can be produced and beekeeping by-products can be developed and exported.’’

source: AA / translated by Melisa Karayusufoglu

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