The selling prices of quinces increased in Denizli, a city located in southwestern Turkey. 70% of the products are exported to Russia and European countries. This season, the quince yield is around 15.000 tons.
Hamdi Gemici, the president of Merkezefendi Chamber of Agriculture said that farmers grow quinces in an area of 600 hectares and that this year prices have increased. Last year, quinces were sold for 2,25 Turkish Lira (0,35 Euro) per kilo and this year, they are sold for 3,10 Turkish Lira (0,49 Euro), said Gemici.
Gemici explained that exporter companies visited the city due to the increased production and the success of good agricultural practices.
Emphasising that producers do not compromise quality, Gemici said: "The future of quinces in the area looks promising. This year our farmers harvested 15.000 tons of quinces and sold them before the harvest. Some traders and exporters have even agreed deals with producers for next year's harvest (contract farming). We appreciate this and we will continue to grow quality products."
Gemici stated that their production meets some of the domestic need and the remaining majority is exported to Russia and Europe: "70% of the production is exported."
Farmer Huriye Celik said that quinces can be consumed in different forms: "Quinces can be consumed fresh and they can be used for making jams and compotes for winter. It is also possible to grill quinces and eat them. We export them all over the world."