Turkey’s agricultural exports on the rise

Turkey’s fresh fruit, vegetable and citrus exports increased by 15 percent in value while deceasing 1 percent in amount in the first five months of the year in comparison to the figures of the last year, according to a report released by the general secretary of the Mediterranean Exporter Unions. While tomato ranks the first on the list of fresh vegetable exports, strawberry tops the list of fresh fruit exports
Especially the month of May put a smile on the faces of agricultural exporters with a 34 percent increase in export amount and 29 percent increase in total revenue. AA photo

Especially the month of May put a smile on the faces of agricultural exporters with a 34 percent increase in export amount and 29 percent increase in total revenue. AA photo

Agriculture has always been one of the most promising sectors, both for the domestic economy and international trade for Turkey. The latest figures released by the General Secretary of the Mediterranean Exporter Unions show that this year has not been an exception.

According to the report, there was a 15 percent increase in the total value of the fresh fruit and vegetable exports in the first five months of the year, while the export amount dropped by 1 percent.

While the total export amount was 1.23 million tons at the same term last year, it dropped to 1.22 million tons this year. Despite this decrease in total amount, revenues increased from $811 million to $936.5 million, a sign that the brand value of Turkey’s agriculture is on the rise.

Commenting on these figures, Kemal Kaçmaz, chairman of the Turkey Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporter Unions and head of Mediterranean Countries Citrus Union, said the union members have reached last year’s export target by 95 percent despite the ongoing effects of the global recession.

The Mediterranean Exporter Union set the export target as $2 billion last year, and realized until today $1.95 billion. The 2011 target of the union is set as $2.25 billion.

Regarding the small drop in export quantity, Mustafa Eroğlu, a wholesaler in Antalya, said the reason is the recent floods, which damaged agricultural lands and products in the Mediterranean region. He also added that seasonable fluctuations are normal and common in the wholesales market and that the recent drop in amount is not so high as to be regarded as important. “It will be compensated soon,” he said.

Kaçmaz further noted that especially the month of May put a smile on the faces of exporters with a 34 percent increase in export amount and 29 percent increase in total revenue.

The value of fresh fruit, vegetable and citrus exports reached $204.7 million in May. Last May, the figure stood at just above $159 million.

Russia the leading market

In fresh fruit exports, strawberry tops the list in terms of quantity (19 million kilograms) and export revenue ($21 million), which signals a 12 percent increase when compared to last year’s figures.

Apple, pomegranate, cherry and black cherry follow strawberry on the list.

Baki Sungur, a strawberry exporter in Mersin, said Turkey has all the prerequisites for large volumes of strawberry production and exports, but it cannot use its potential to the full extent due to the lack of improved species, cold storage houses, necessary protection laws and government incentives.

Turkey ranks fourth in global strawberry production after the U.S., Russia and Spain. Annual production exceeds 250,000 tons.

Agreeing with Sungur, Ali Kavak, head of the Mediterranean Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters Union, drew attention to producers and their production techniques.

“The producers have crucial roles in Turkey’s strawberry exports. For this reason, they should be very careful in using only certified agricultural pesticides,” Kavak said.

The biggest market for Turkish strawberries is Russia, which is followed by Iraq, Bulgaria, Germany and Romania.

In the fresh vegetables segment, tomato exports ranked at the top in the same period.

The export revenue obtained from tomatoes reached $389.29 million. It was followed by pepper, cucumber and cabbage.

Kaçmaz also noted that the total export quantity of fresh vegetables has increased by 3 percent while the total revenue showed a 23 percent increase.

Russia is again the biggest market for Turkish tomatoes.

Overall citrus exports, on the other hand, decreased by 2 percent in revenue, and 14 percent in quantity while only lemon exports increased by 6 percent in quantity and 22 percent in revenues.

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http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=turkeys-agricultural-exports-on-the-rise-2010-06-20

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