Turkey is set to become a key player in Asian fruit and vegetable markets. The country is currently in advanced negotiations to secure access for its wide range of fresh produce to key markets such as China, Japan, Thailand and the Philippines, among others. Turkey’s Minister of Trade, Ruhsar Pekcan announced the acceleration in the country’s plan to diversify its fresh fruit and vegetable exports. Turkey currently is authorised to ship cherries to China and South Korea. Pekcan said that she soon expects China to authorise shipments of Turkish citrus, apples, grapes and pomegranate.
Turkey set to conquer Asia
Turkey’s agri-food exports rise 4.5% in March
Despite the ongoing pandemic, Turkey’s exports of agricultural products were up in March compared with the previous year. The main driver is the global increase in food demand. According to data published by the Turkish Exporters’ Assembly (TİM), while Turkey’s overall exports declined 17.8% y-o-y to $13.42 billion in March, agricultural exports climbed 4.5% growth to US $2.38 billion, reports dailysabah.com.
Blocks on exports of Turkey’s lemons amid COVID-19
The Turkish government has subjected lemons to export control due to the booming domestic demand due to the coronavirus pandemic. The restriction will continue until the end of August. In Turkey, lemons are mainly used for the production of cologne, which is used as an alcohol-based disinfectant in many aspects of life. They are also being consumed to boost immunity, thanks to their high content of Vitamin C. The booming demand has led to a sharp spike in lemon prices since the start of the outbreak.
Alanar enjoys great success exporting cherries to China
Alanar is one of the most quality-focussed growers, packager & exporters of premium cherries from Turkey. Last season, the firm exported about 4,700 tons of cherries and 2,000 tons of figs, making Tekfen Agri the number-one exporter of fresh figs from Turkey. “Our project is to export 7,500 tons of fresh cherries in 2021, with our new state-of-the-art packing facility which will be one of the largest in Europe,” said Yigit Gokyigit, marketing manager. Alanar is growing and now exports cherries, figs, apricots, plums, pomegranates and chestnuts.
Alanar with great success in China, investment on plantations and new facility
Alanar is one of the most quality focussed growers, packager & exporters of premium cherries from Turkey. It exported last season about 4,700 tons of cherries and 2,000 tons of figs as well, making Tekfen Agri subsidiary the number one exporter of fresh figs from Turkey. “Our project is to achieve the export of 7,500 tons of fresh cherries in 2021, with our new state of the art packing facility which will be one of the largest one in Europe” said Yigit Gokygit, commercial director. Alanar grows and exports today cherries, figs, apricots, plums, pomegranates and chestnuts.
2nd edition of Interfresh Eurasia to be held in Antalya in October
The Interfresh Eurasia Exhibition will bring Turkey’s fresh fruit and vegetable sector together in Antalya from 16 to 19 October, 2019. The most important event in the Turkish fresh produce sector’s calendar is held at the Antalya Anfaş Expo Centre with the support of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, T.R. Ministry of Commerce, T.R. Ministry of Industry and Technology, exporters’ unions and development agencies.
Turkey aims to increase tomato exports
Turkey has invested heavily in greenhouse infrastructure and is now able to produce and export tomatoes all year round. Turkey’s tomato exports were worth US$603.6 million in 2018, but the country’s agricultural sector aims to break the $1 billion barrier. Fresh tomato exports were the main product ($292 million), followed by tomato paste ($164 million), dried tomato ($88 million), frozen tomatoes ($39.4 million) and tomato sauces ($16.3 million).
Municipal direct sale points across Turkey have sold some 15,000 tons of fresh fruits and vegetables
Last February, local municipalities of several Turkish cities launched direct sale points to balance sharp growth of consumer foodstuff prices, offering agricultural products to average consumers at an affordable price. The direct sale points were established as part of the Treasury and Finance Ministry's counter- inflation campaign. The Turkish economy has been tackling high inflation for the last year. Consumer prices peaked in October and hit 25.24 percent. In February, inflation fell below the 20 percent threshold for the first time since September.