The total cherry production forecast in Turkey in Marketing Year (MY) 2019/20 is 865,000 tons; 41,000 tons more than MY 2018/19. The peach and nectarine production forecast for MY 2019/20 is 830,000 tons, 40,000 tons more than MY 2018/19. Stone fruit exports are increasing due to abundant production and strong demand from the Russian and EU markets. Turkey has begun exporting fresh sweet cherries to China for the first time. This report covers cherries, peaches and nectarines.
Planting area for peach production in Turkey continues to increase due to new investments for the export market and juice industry in last decade (see Figure 5). Planting is expected to increase to 46,400 hectares in MY 2019/2020, which slightly higher than the previous year. According to Turkish official data, the total estimated number of all peach and Nectarine trees was about 21 million in 2018. The total number of bearing trees increased from 14 million in 2009 to 17 million in 2018.