In October alone, Turkey exported 224 million USD (203.6 million Euro) worth of fresh fruits and vegetables. Nejdat Sin, Mediterranean Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Exporters' Association (AKIB) said that lemons were the most exported product with 43 million USD (39.1 million Euro), followed by grapes, mandarins, pomegranates and grapefruits.
Chairman Nejdat Sin shared further details on last month's exports values: "When we analyse the subgroups, we see that the share of fresh vegetables was 19% with an export value of 42 million USD (38.2 million Euro), fresh fruits had a share of 35% with 78 million USD and citrus had the largest share of 46% with 104 million USD. Russia was the top export market for our fresh fruits and vegetables exports. The exports to Russia increased by 52% and reached 73 million USD (66.3 million Euro). Russia was followed by Iraq, Ukraine, Germany and Romania."
In the first 10 months, tomatoes have been the top export product with an export value of 231 million USD (210 million Euro). Tomatoes were followed by cherries, sour cherries, lemons, grapes and mandarins. Russia maintained its leader position in Turkey's fresh fruits and vegetables exports. Turkey exported 486 million USD (441.9 million Euro) worth of fresh produce to Russia during the same period. Russia was followed by Germany, Iraq, Romania and Ukraine.
While the citrus export season continues, Chairman Sin expressed his content with October's export figures. He said that in citrus group, lemons were followed by mandarins, grapefruits, and oranges.
Mediterranean Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Exporters' Association (AKIB) maintained its leadership in October among other associations with a share of 58% and an export value of 129 million USD (117.3 million Euro). In the first ten-month period, the association's share in the country's fresh produce exports was 45% in terms of value and 52% in terms of volume. During this period, the association's export value reached 704 million USD (640.1 million Euro).
Source: CNN Turk