Producers in Cukurova, Adana, a city located in southern Turkey, expect to harvest 330 thousand tons of Meyer lemons this season.
Adana, as one of the most important agricultural hubs in Turkey, produces one third of Turkish citrus. Last year, the city produced 500 thousand tons of lemons in an area of 12 thousand hectares, announced Yuregir Agricultural Chamber's chairman Mehmet Akin Dogan. Chairman Dogan said that producers continue to harvest early varieties of lemons.
"Due to rainy weather in winter which was followed by hot weather, we have low productivity this year. In Meyer lemons, productivity is decreased by 30% and in Enterdonat lemons, productivity is decreased by 80%. This is why, we only expect to harvest 330 thousand tons of lemons in an area of 13 thousand 500 hectares." said Dogan.
Stating that Meyer lemons are exported as well, Dogan said: "We export to Iraq, the Balkan countries, all of the Middle East and some European countries. Since Russia demands larger size, we export Enterdonat lemons to Russia."
"This year lemons will be expensive"
Pointing out to the high prices, Dogan said that the wholesale price of Meyer lemons is currently 2 Turkish Lira (0,31 Euro) per kilo.
"Currently, everything goes smoothly and we continue the sales. After the harvest, 1.5 Turkish Lira (0,24 Euro) is added on the price until lemons reach the packaging facility. Lemons cost 4 Turkish Lira (0,63 Euro) even before they reach retail. This year, lemons will be expensive."
Lemon trader Necmettin Pinar said the lemon harvest continues and added: "Productivity is lower compared to last season. Excessive rains and heat caused lower yields this year. This will increase lemon prices. Last year, we bought lemons for 1 Turkish Lira per kilo (0,16 Euro), this year we buy them for 2 Turkish Lira (0,31 Euro). Consumers will feel the increase in prices."