The Mediterranean Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Exporters Association (AKIB) aims for a 25% of increase in exports this year. The association is responsible of more than half of Turkey's fresh fruit and vegetable exports.
Chairman Nejdat Sin stated that last year Turkey exported 4 million tons of fresh fruits and vegetables and continued: "In return, our country earned 2,200,000,000 USD (1.98 billion Euro). Our top export countries were Russia, Iraq, Germany, Ukraine, Romania and Saudi Arabia."
Chairman Sin stated that the association had a good start to 2020 and that they have high expectations of this year. He said that they aim to increase exports and continued:
"If everything goes as planned, we believe that we will have a good export year. We expect an increase in exports by 25%. In our region, there are important fields and new ones are opening up. We aim to increase the variety of our products. Some of our producers work to global standards, however this is not enough. We want to meet all of our producers' need and help them achieve these standards. Expanding our markets is also in our agenda and we hope to do this with state support."
Emphasising that Turkish products are preferred in foreign markets, Sin said that Mersin and Hatay are leading cities in exports.
"All of our producers try to improve their production methods. They want to produce at high standards. We hope that those efforts will pay off this year." Chairman Nejdat Sin added.