Turkey takes Greece’s place as China’s cherry supplier

The Chinese, given the burdensome bureaucratic requirements and lack of interest from Greece in the signing of an agreement to extend the protocol for the export of cherries, has decided to sign a new trade agreement with Turkey for the import of this fruit. "Turkish cherry producers are eager to export to the Chinese market, the most populous in the world, which is greatly fond of cherries," said Mr. Saleh Bush, president of the Turkish Association of Exporters of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables (UYMSİB). This year a delegation of Chinese experts already visited Turkey in order to check the phytosanitary procedures in place, as well as issues relating to food safety. 

"Turkey grows a number of varieties with different sizes and flavours, something which the Chinese delegation truly appreciated," said Mr. Saleh Bush, adding that "our country appears to meet all the phytosanitary requirements imposed by Chinese authorities and we have provided them with all the necessary information they requested. The delegation also visited the cherry plantations and handling facilities."

It is worth noting that Turkey produced about 500,000 tonnes of cherries last year and that this year it has surpassed the 400,000 tonnes, remaining the world's largest producer. In early May, it started the harvest of the early varieties and producers say that the campaign will last until early August. 

Based on data provided by FAO, Turkey's acreage stands at 3.9 million hectares, with a tendency to continue expanding.

Source: agrotypos.gr

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