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Fruit and vegetable sector in Turkey reaches highest export level

For Turkish exports, 2017 was a lucrative year. It recorded the second highest figure in the country's history, generating $157.1 billion. According to the Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM), the automotive, machinery, jewellery, defence and aviation, fruits and vegetables and ornamental plants sectors reached their highest annual levels in exports.

TİM Chairman Mehmet Büyükekşi noted that the fruits and vegetables sector reached an all-time high with $1.4 billion, as did the ornamental plants sector with $85 million.

Büyükekşi told that the countries Turkey exports mostly remained unchanged in 2017, but the ranking changed slightly. The top three are Germany, the U.K. and Italy respectively, but the U.S., which ranked fifth last year, rose to fourth place this year. China ranked fifteenth, rising three places. "Countries such as Israel, Romania and Bulgaria rose in the ranking this year. In the top 20, we got the highest export increase in Russia."

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