Due to cold weather conditions, the productivity of mandarins decreased by 50% this year. While, the quality remained the same, the lower supply increased the prices. Therefore, exporters aim to reach same export value as 2018 due to increased prices. Last year, Turkey earned 286 million USD from mandarin exports.
In the Mediterranean Region, the mandarin harvest started at the end of September and the export season from the region has already taken off. In the Aegean Region, one of the most important mandarin producers in Turkey, the harvest started in mid-October.
Last year, the yields were at record high and mandarins were sold for 0,7 Turkish Lira (0,11 Euro) per kilo. This increased to 2 Turkish Lira (0,32 Euro) this year due to lower supply.
"We will achieve same numbers as last year"
According to the Aegean Exporters Association's figures, Turkey exported 120 million USD worth of mandarins in the first ten-month period.
Russia was again Turkey's top export market in citrus. In the first 10 months, 58 million USD worth of mandarins were exported to Russia. Russia was followed by Ukraine and Iraq.
Aegean Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Exporters Association's Chairman Hayrettin Ucak said that the harvest was delayed by 20 days this year due to bad weather conditions.
Reminding us that the mandarin exports decreased due to lower productivity this season, Ucak said: "Despite lower yields, we will achieve the same numbers as last year. The volume of exports is much less, however prices are high. Besides, last year we had very high yields and prices plummeted. Last year, cold weather during the blossoming period had an impact on the product. This is the major reason of lower yields. We see that in other citrus products as well such as lemons and oranges."