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Turkey’s pomegranate exports broke a record in 2020

The Turkish exporter reached the highest export figure in this fruit in 2020 when obtained $126 million 54 thousand from the export of pomegranates.

According to the statement made by the Aegean Exporters Union, Turkey sold pomegranates to 75 countries last year.

While the export of pomegranate increased by 29% last year compared to the previous year, the foreign currency income of $126 million 54 thousand exceeded $111 million 668 thousand in 2013.

On the basis of quantity, exports of pomegranates increased by 23% compared to 2019, from 155 thousand 714 tons to 192 thousand 6 tons.

Russia ranks first in exports

In pomegranate exports, the Russian Federation was at the top in 2020, as in previous years, with $44.5 million. Pomegranate exports to Russia improved by 44%. Russia’s share in pomegranate exports exceeded 35%.

Germany ranked second with $15.2 million.

In 2020, $12.8 million worth of pomegranate was exported to Iraq, one of the traditional export markets of the Turkish fresh fruit and vegetable industry.

Ukraine, England, Portugal, Brunei, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Nigeria, Togo, and Mauritania joined the countries where Turkey exported pomegranate in 2020.

“Our pomegranate producer has become conscious”

Hayrettin Ucak, Chairman of the Board of Aegean Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters Association, stated that the yield and quality of pomegranate was very good in 2020.

Pointing out that they have reached the highest export figures in the history of Turkey, Ucak said, “Our pomegranate producer has become very conscious in recent years. It has become quality and zero residue production. In this way, our export of pomegranate has increased every year and reached 125% in the last 10 years. Pomegranate strengthens the immune system. In 2020, when the pandemic occurred, there was an increase in demand worldwide. The pandemic also played a driving role in the export record. If climate change does not negatively affect yields, we expect an increase in pomegranate exports in 2021 as well.”

Source: AA / Translated by Irem Yildiz

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