Turkiye: Dried fruit export of $165 million from the Southeast

In the January-June period of this year, $165 million 97 thousand of dried fruit exports were made from Southeastern Anatolia. The country with the highest exports was Germany with $27 million 586 thousand.

Mehmet Cikmaz, President of Southeastern Anatolia Dried Fruits and Products Exporters’ Association, evaluated the first six months of 2022.

Indicating that a total of $755 million 880 thousand of exports were made from Turkiye in this process, Cikmaz said that $165 million 97 thousand of this was realized from the Southeastern Anatolia Region.

The dried fruit and products sector, with the products it sent to 149 countries and free zones in the first half of the year, generated $755 million 880 thousand in income and noted that its export sales increased by 10.6% compared to the same period of the previous year. He also stated that there was a 22.3% increase in the Southeastern Anatolia Region in this process.

Demand for dried fruit is increasing in the world

Pointing out that the most exported product of the dried fruit industry in Turkiye is seedless raisins with $208 million 297 thousand, Chairman Cikmaz said that the most exported product from the Southeastern Anatolia Region is Pistachio with $72 million 549 thousand, followed by dried apricots with $61 million 226 thousand.

President Cikmaz stated that during the first six months of the year, besides Pistachios and dried apricots from the Southeast, there are dried fruit varieties, dried figs, apricot and apricot kernels, various roasted products, roasted chickpeas, walnuts, seedless raisins, almonds, dried plums and other dried fruits. He added saying, “In the first half of 2022, Aegean Exporters’ Associations took the first place in the export of dried fruit products. While exports of $393 million 657 thousand were realized from this union, we realized exports of $165 million 97 thousand from the Southeastern Anatolian Exporters’ Association, which is in the second place.”

Most exports were made to Germany

Explaining that $71 million 359 thousand of dried fruit exports were made to the European Union (EU) countries in the January-June period of 2022, the most important markets are the EU, President Cikmaz stated that the highest export among the countries was made to Germany with $27 million 586 thousand.

Italy followed this country with $23 million 211 thousand and the United States of America with $15 million 593 thousand.

Favorite export products are: Pistachios, dried apricots and dried figs

GAIB Dried Fruits and Products Exporters’ Association President Mehmet Cikmaz stated that the exports in the dried fruit sector are increasing day by day, noting that this sector has a significant contribution to the Turkish economy. “We process dried fruits and products grown in Anatolia and send them all over the world. Turkish products are consumed with pleasure. Among these fruits, grapes, apricots and pistachios are the most demanded products. By preparing and selling these fruits, we contributed $755 million 880 thousand to the Turkish economy in the first half of the year, and this makes us happy. Despite the problems experienced in the world economy, our sector exports continue to be healthy and successful. I believe that we will achieve results that exceed our 2022 targets by the end of the year.”

Source: Trthaber / Translated by Irem Yildiz

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