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Turkey to increase pomegranate exports

Last year, Turkey exported 115 million USD (104.2 million Euro) worth of pomegranates. In 2019, exporters are aiming for 125 million USD (113.2 million Euro) worth of pomegranates export.

Aegean Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Exporters Association's Chairman, Hayrettin Ucak, said that they have had a good pomegranate season in terms of productivity and quality .

According to the Aegean Exporters' Association's (EIB) figures, Turkey exported 96,715,000 USD (87.6 million Euro) worth of pomegranates in 2017. In 2018, due to the growth in Russian market, pomegranates export increased by 19% compared to the previous year and reached 115 million USD (104.2 million Euro).

During the period of January-September 2019, Russia ranked first in Turkish pomegranate exports with an export value of 10,758,000 USD (9.75 million Euro). Russia is followed by Iraq with 9,031,000 USD (8.1 million Euro) and by Germany with 3,997,000 USD (3.6 million Euro).

"Fruits ripened late"
Chairman Ucak said that this season all fruits and vegetables ripened two weeks later than usual. He pointed out that this had a negative effect on export figures and continued: "However, we can only judge this properly at the end of the season. We see the this trend not only in pomegranates, but also in other products."

"Exports to 68 countries"
Stating that they aim to expand their export markets, Ucak said: "Last year, we exported to 68 countries. We hope that we have a good export season this year as well. Our pomegranates are of good quality. The weather conditions are very good. According to our estimations, we will increase our export value to 125 million USD (113.2 million Euro). We will work on the Far East market as well."

Ucak also mentioned that farmers sell pomegranates for 2 to 2.5 Turkish Lira (0.31 to 0.38 Euro) per kilo.

Turkey's top 5 pomegranate export markets in the January-September 2019 period are listed as following:

Country Volume (tons) Value (USD)
Russia 14.631 10,758,000
Iraq 45.460 9,031,000
Germany 3.734 3,997,000
UK 2.053 2,385,000
Ukraine 4.092 2,054,000
Romania 1.413 1,309,000


Source: AA, Dunya

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