The Aegean Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Exporters Association's chairman Hayrettin Ucak announced that they expect citrus production and exports to hit a record high this year.
Ucak shared the Aegean Agricultural Research Institute's results on the expected yields. According to this, 264 thousand 468 tons of oranges, 121 thousand 918 tons of mandarins, 50 thousand 824 tons of lemons and 4 thousand 571 tons of grapefruits are expected this season.
"This year, we expect a record high yield this season with 442 thousand 349 tons of citrus. We have already surpassed last season's (2017/18) total yield which was 428 thousand tons. It is expected that the products are of high quality and that there would be no problems in exports. Rains during last year's harvest and this year's flowering period have exhausted the trees. Ripening of fruits are delayed by 10 to 15 days. We expect the harvest to be delayed by 15 days this season. In 2018, Turkey earned 738 million USD (665 million Euro) from citrus exports. This season we believe that we will reach the 900 million USD (811 million Euro) exports target." said Ucak.
Then, Ucak shared some figures on Turkey's ranking in global citrus production and exports value for each citrus product in 2018:
|Product||Global Ranking||Exports Value (USD) in 2018||Exports Value (Euro) in 2018|
|Orange||9||101 million||91 million|
|Mandarin||3||286 million||257 million|
|Lemon||6||280 million||252 million|
|Grapefruit||7||70 million||63 million|
Ucak added that a majority of citrus exports were destined to Russia last year with 268 million USD (241,5 million Euro) worth of products. This was followed by Iraq, Ukraine and Romania. Overall, Turkey exported citrus to a total of 75 countries.