Turkey’s cherry exports increased by 21.7% last year compared to the previous year, from $183 million 835 thousand to $223 million 709 thousand. The most exports were made to Germany with $90 million 641 thousand, followed by Russia and Austria.
According to the information compiled by the AA correspondent from the data of the Turkish Statistical Institute, both cherry production and exports in the country continued to increase last year.
Looking at the cherry production values for the last 5 years, cherry production, which was recorded as 599 thousand 650 tons in 2016, reached 724 thousand 944 tons, increasing by 20.9% compared to 2016 last year.
Last year, most cherries were produced in Izmir with 108 thousand 495 tons, followed by Konya with 64 thousand 86 tons, Bursa with 55 thousand 652 tons and Manisa with 50 thousand 934 tons.
Looking at the cherry export figures, in 2016, cherry exports amounted to $182 million 539 thousand, while this figure decreased to $159 million 42 thousand in 2017. Cherry exports in 2018 were recorded as $161 million 674 thousand.
Last year, exports increased by 21.7% compared to the previous year, from $183 million 835 thousand to $223 million 709 thousand.
Intercontinental cherry exports
In 2020, cherry exports from Turkey were made to 62 countries. Among these countries, most exports were made to Germany with $90 million 641 thousand. This country was followed by Russia with $51 million 776 thousand and Austria with $13 million 638 thousand.
In terms of quantity, 79 thousand 789 tons of cherries were exported in 2016, 60 thousand 121 tons in 2017, 75 thousand 304 tons in 2018 and 80 thousand 506 tons in 2019. In 2020, 87 thousand 253 tons of cherries were exported.
Manisa Salihli Chamber of Agriculture Chairman Cem Yalvac stated that cherry exports are made to 25 countries from the Salihli region and said, “Approximately 70% of our cherries produced in this region are exported. The biggest reason for this is that our cherry is registered. The cherries produced here are in demand due to their color, aroma and size.”
Stating that the number of cherry producers in the region has increased, Yalvac said that large companies bought land from the region and started cherry production.
Source: AA / Translated by Irem Yildiz