Konya, a major city in central Turkey, grows cherries at high altitudes (nearly 2000 meters) in Hadim, a district located in Taurus Mountains. The location allows farmers to do a late harvest and provides them with an extended period of exports.
Hadim grows the Ziraat-900 variety of cherries and the expected yield is 20 thousand tons this year. 90% of these cherries are exported mainly to Europe and to the rest of the world. Russia is among top importers of the product.
For the first time this year, Hadim exported cherries to South Korea as well, following the agreement signed between the two countries early this year.
The harvest which started in late July is expected to last for about 2 months.
Hadim wholesalers' market is busy
As the harvest still continues, the wholesalers' market in town is extremely busy these days, said exporter Ismail Sagdic.
Stating that farmers are content with the high yields and prices Sagdic said: "Currently prices range between 8 to 10 Turkish Lira (1,2 to 1,6 Euro) per kilo. Here we export cherries that we bought from farmers. Cherries go through stages of selection, packaging, then they are sent to cold storages before they are shipped abroad. Our business is going well and our product is of high quality."
"We export nearly 300 tons of cherries to Russia"
Exporter Sagdic said that they export 30 to 40 tons of product every day and added: "In the coming weeks, exports will be accelerated. Usually we export to Europe and Russia. The caliber of Hadim cherries is 28mm and is very tasty. They are very popular in Russia and we a receive high demand. Our trade with Russia has increased compared to previous years. Especially this year, our export to Russia is high. We export nearly 300 tons of cherries to Russia."