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Turkey: Target in the export of dried tomatoes is $100 million

Turkey’s dried tomato exports increased by 32% in the 7 months of the year and reached $55 million 850 thousand.

According to the data compiled by AA correspondent from the Aegean Exporters’ Association, Turkey exported $83 million of dried tomatoes in 2020.

In the January-July period of this year, exports reached $55 million 850 thousand with an increase of 32% compared to the same period of the previous year.

In this period, the USA ranked first in dried tomato exports, followed by Italy and Germany. In the 7-month period, exports to the USA increased by 60% from $5 million 902 thousand to $9 million 462 thousand. $8 million 928 thousand of dried tomatoes were exported to Italy and $6 million 530 thousand to Germany.

Target is $100 million

Hayrettin Ucak, Chairman of the Board of Aegean Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters’ Association, told Anadolu Agency (AA) that with the arrival of summer, the plains in many regions, especially in the Aegean, turn red with tomatoes.

Stating that in recent years, farmers have turned to this product and companies have invested in it, Ucak said that dried tomatoes are an important alternative in terms of value-added exports.

Pointing out that exports to some countries have increased exponentially this year, Ucak said, “For example, our exports to the UK have almost doubled. We are on the Russian shelves not only with fresh fruit and vegetable products, but also with our dried products. Our exports of dried tomatoes to this country are on an increasing trend.”

Pointing to the early departure of the dried tomato exhibitions this year due to the hot weather, Ucak said, “Despite this, there is no problem in the quality of the product. Turkey is making a name for itself in dried tomatoes around the world. We aim to export $100 million by the end of the year by increasing the demands and market diversity from abroad.”

Source: AA / Translated by Irem Yildiz

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