Alanya, Antalya, a major city in southern Turkey, grows 80% of Turkish avocados. This year, producers aim to grow 50 million avocados in an area of 4 thousand hectares. The harvest of avocados started in Alanya and producers expect to export them to countries such as Romania, Ukraine, Russia, Georgia and Iran.
Last year, Alanya produced 40 million avocados. Since the weather conditions have been good this year, the expected number of avocados is 50 million.
Avocado's wholesale prices range from 4 to 4,5 Turkish Lira (0,65 to 0,73 Euro) depending on the quality. The prices go up to 6 to 7 Turkish Lira (0,97 to 1,14 Euro) in supermarkets.
Hilmi Sevilgen, the president of Alanya Avocado Producers' Association announced that the season looks promising. He said: "We started the harvest as of August 1. We visited some of the gardens and the quality of avocados looks fairly good. We expect a higher yield this season. Last year, we produced 40 million avocados, this year our expectation is around 50 million."
"We've been negotiating with some European countries"
Sevilgen also touched upon avocado exports. He said that there will be exports this year as well and that negotiations are ongoing.
"Over the past years, we exported a significant number of avocados. This year, our harvest started early. Ukraine and Romania demanded the product. Besides a company from Russia visited us and we continue negotiating with them. This year, we will export mainly to Romania, Ukraine, Russia, Georgia and Iran. We've been negotiating with some European countries as well. There is a demand especially from the Netherlands."