Turkey: Good lemon harvest in Adana

Growers in Adana, a city located in southern Turkey and is known for its agricultural production, are delighted so far with the high productivity of the lemon harvest. The sale price at the grower is around 0.25 USD per kg and currently harvested variety is an early comer to the market thus it has a lot of buyers both in local market and in export destinations such as Iraq, Greece, Poland, Czech Republic and Belarus.

Yuregir Chamber of Agriculture Chairman, Mehmet Akin Dogan: “Adana is responsible for a significant portion of our country’s citrus fruit production and comes second after Mersin in terms of production volume in lemon. Due to high temperatures, the harvest time arrived a bit earlier than expected and our growers have started harvesting “mayer” variety of lemons.

Last year, winter was very hard and because of that the productivity was quite low compared to other years. Consequently the products are sold at a very high price but this year it will not be the case. Our growers harvested last year 300,000 tons of products from 10,400 hectares, this year we expect between 500,000 – 600,000 tons from 11,500 hectares.

The sale price at the grower is at a very reasonable 0.25 USD per kg however at retail lemons are sold at 1.6 USD per kg. There is a big price difference between grower price and retail price and we have not been able to stop this unfortunately.“

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