In early April, Turkey decided to subject lemon exports to restraints until August 31. Now these restrictions are eased, exporters are allowed to export lemons again.
In an announcement yesterday, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry allowed exporters to export 10.000 tons of lemons. The news was well-received by producers and exporters.
"This decision is very positive both for our exporters and producers. We will see an increase in our exports. We have enough supplies to meet the announced amount and we are ready to export," said Nejdat Sin, chairman of the Mediterranean Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Exporters' Association.
"We will not make a loss"
Kemal Kacmaz, chairman of the National Citrus Council emphasised that the sector is content with this decision. "The lemons that we harvested at the end of the season have a short shelf life. Now that we can export these, we will not make a loss. There was a break in between, however we do not expect to lose markets. Our exporters are ready to start exporting again. We have enough capacity both for exports and for domestic needs," said Kacmaz.