Turkish National Citrus Council's Chairman Kemal Kacmaz said that last year Turkey exported 755 million USD (685 million Euro) worth of citrus and that Russia was the top export market. Then Kacmaz announced that they were aiming for new markets this year such as China, Malaysia, Singapore and South Korea.
Citrus is the most important subgroup in the country's fresh fruits and vegetables exports with a share of 36%, said Kacmaz.
Due to bad weather conditions, last year there was a decline in lemon and orange exports, Kacmaz said and continued: "However, mandarin exports increased by 8%. In 2019, we exported 589.000 tons of mandarins. This increase is satisfactory."
Chairman Kacmaz pointed out to the increase in grapefruit exports as well and said that Turkey exported 69.000 tons of grapefruit. Kacmaz said that they expect increased exports this year as well and shared further details on last year's export figures:
"Last year, we exported 1.663.000 tons of citrus and earned 755 million USD in return. Russia was our top export market in citrus with an export volume of 415.000 tons. This was followed by Iraq with 179.000 tons, Ukraine with 137.000 tons, Romania with 29.000 tons and Saudi Arabia with 25.000 tons. Once we look at the share of citrus exports among regions, we see that 59% of citrus exports were destined to the Commonwealth of Independent States, 18% to the European Union, 16% to the Middle East and 7% of citrus was destined to other countries."
The aim is Far East
Kacmaz reminded us that Turkey now produces and packages at a global standard and that exports in 2020 will be better positioned.
"Besides our traditional markets, in 2020 we aim to start exports to China, Malaysia, Singapore and South Korea." Kacmaz announced.
Chairman Kacmaz added that "The Action Plan against the Mediterranean Fruit Fly" is ongoing and they are in constant communication with stakeholders for the right application of the plan.