Adana, a city located in southern Turkey, produces one third of the mandarins in the country. A few weeks ago, producers in the city started to harvest early varieties of mandarins. Yuregir Chamber of Agriculture's Chairman Mehmet Akin Dogan announced that the mandarin prices will increase in the coming days due to low yields.
The harvest of early mandarin varieties was delayed by two weeks due to the rainy winter season. Adana produces mandarins in an area of 23 thousand hectares and in Turkey overall, mandarins are grown in an area of 54 thousand hectares. However, due to warm weather conditions, this year the yields are expected to be low.
Yuregir district grows the early varieties of Eary-N, Okitsu Wase and Miho Wase mandarins. They are not only consumed domestically but also exported to Iraq, Russia, Ukraine and Eastern Europe. The prices of mandarins in the gardens range from 0,7 to 0,9 Turkish Lira (0,11 to 0,14 Euro) per kilo.
"30% of losses per ton"
"The Mandarin harvest in our region started two weeks later than usual due to excessive rain in the winter. The harvest started on September 25. Right now, we can see a decrease in productivity of 20 to 30%," Yuregir Chamber of Agriculture's Chairman Mehmet Akin Dogan told IHA reporter.
"Prices range from 0,11 to 0,14 Euro"
Stating that mandarin prices will increase during the season, Dogan added: "Currently, prices are reasonable due to warm weather. In the coming days, once it gets cold, we expect that the prices will increase. Prices range from 0,7 to 0,9 Turkish Lira (0,11 to 0,14 Euro) per kilo. Last week, the selling price was above 1 Turkish Lira (0,16 Euro) due to lower supply. We expect that the prices will increase again".