The Mediterranean Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters' Association's (AKIB) Chairman Nejdat Sin announced that Turkey's fresh fruit and vegetable exports increased by 5% in April compared to the same month last year. In April, the country exported 195.300 tons of fresh fruits and vegetables. The overall exports value reached 118.9 million USD and the association's exports value reached 44.3 million USD, Sin added.
"In the first four months period, Turkey's fresh fruits and vegetables exports increased by 22% compared to the same period last year and reached 756 million USD. In this period, the country exported 1.249.000 tons of fresh fruits and vegetables. Our exports to Russia increased by 26% and reached 231.7 million USD. The increase in exports value was highest in relation to Poland (by 133% and a rise of 26 million USD) and to Belarus (by 92% and a rise of 14.3 million USD)," said Chairman Nejdat Sin.
Sin announced the association's export figures: "As AKIB, we exported mostly to Russia (13 million USD), Romania (7.3 million USD) and Ukraine (3.8 million USD). We also increased our exports to the Netherlands, Russia, Poland, Moldova and Georgia."
Tomatoes were the top export product (8.8 million USD) from AKIB in April. Tomatoes were followed by grapefruits (8.7 million USD), oranges (6.9 million USD), peppers (3.3 million USD) and zucchini (3 million USD). In April, the highest increase in exports occurred in pomegranates (by 927%), oranges (by 722%) and mandarins (by 156%), said Chairman Sin.
Munir Karaloğlu, the Governor of Antalya announced that during the January-April period, the city's fresh fruits and vegetables exports increased by 27% in terms of quantity and by 24% in terms value.
Karaloglu emphasised that agriculture was the least affected sector from the coronavirus. "Our farmers did not stop producing and promoting the products. During the pandemic, Antalya continued to feed both Turkey and the world. Despite the coronavirus, Antalya's fresh fruits and vegetables exports continue to increase. At first, the prices increased especially in tomatoes. Our consumers complained about this, however later on the prices have decreased to a reasonable level," said Governor Karaloglu.