In the first 5 months of the season, Manisa, a city located in western Turkey, exported approximately 120 million USD (108 million Euro) worth of grapes to 56 countries. Last year, in the same period, the exports value totalled 103 million USD (93 million Euro). Thus, in terms of value, Turkey's grape exports increased by 15%.
Manisa, one of Turkey's most important grape producers, continues both harvesting grapes and exporting them. Mainly "Sultana" and other varieties such as "Imparator" and "Superior" are exported. The harvest of grapes started on June 1.
According to the Aegean Exporters Association's (EIB) figures, Turkey exported 120 million USD worth of grapes during the period 1 June - 31 October. Grape exports usually continue until the first month of the new year. Russia, Ukraine and Germany are among the top export markets. Last year, Manisa produced 250.000 tons of grapes. It is expected that the yield will double this year and reach 500.000 tons.
"We expect to reach an export value of 150 million USD"
Ali Ihsan Ulgen, President of Sarigol Chamber of Agriculture said: "While exports continue, farmers still harvest grapes. There are 100.000 tons of grapes that are still to be collected. A majority of these will be exported. By the end of the season, we expect to reach an export value of 150 million USD (135 million Euro)."
Aegean Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Exporters Association's Chairman Hayrettin Ucak said that producers and exporters have had a good season. "The export value will further increase in the coming years" Ucak added.