Ordu Vegetable Producers Chamber board member, Hakan Saylan said the season's first local sales of kiwifruit have been recorded at €1.16.
Kiwifruit growing started in the region as a supplementary crop to hazelnuts, but has become a thriving industry in its own right. Ordu is Turkey’s second largest kiwifruit growing region after Yalova. The harvest started recently and the first local produce has appeared on market stalls for €1.16. Hakan Saylan explains that last year’s kiwifruit sales began at €1.66, but because of the higher yield this year, the price of the first local produce is lower. “Compared to last year, this year’s yield of local kiwifruits is higher. The frost experienced in 2014 negatively affected the fruit and the yield was very low. This year there were no such natural disasters and the yield is as we predicted. The fruits which were harvested last week have just entered the markets. The price changes depending on size. At the moment the maximum price is €1.16, but this could be lowered depending on weight.”
Yet, Sayan explains that because of the lack of warehouse space and packaging facilities in Ordu, the kiwifruit prices in the coming months could increase, “We are not working on the kiwifruit business properly in Ordu. Those bringing in fruits from outside the region and selling them are earning more. The €1.16 price cannot change in the coming month, but if this price then continues, things could be difficult. Because there aren’t the proper packaging facilities in Ordu, they have to be sent outside the region, packaged and returned and this increases costs. This situation opens the road to increasing prices. Price increases affect us and consumers negatively.”