Turkey expects to have higher yields in potatoes and onions this year. However, due the shortages experienced in previous seasons, the country is cautious about exports. Only limited exports of these products are allowed and they are subject to permissions.
Potatoes and onions are considered as strategic products by the Turkish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and they are under close inspection in order to prevent shortages and price fluctuations. The decision for export permissions was taken in January. Now, the ministry has started to issue these permissions for both products.
In 2019, Turkey produced 4.98 million tons of potatoes in an area of 14.100 hectares. This year, the yields are expected to be higher. In Hatay and Adana, there have been no problems in production.
The first harvest of onions started in early April and continues in Hatay and Adana. Also in onions, higher yields are expected this year. In 2019, Turkey produced 2.2 million tons of onions in an area of 61.358 hectares .
According to the report issued by the ministry, measures are taken when necessary to protect the producers. Customs taxes for potato imports remains at 19,3% and an additional 500 USD of inspection costs per ton has been implemented.
Turkey exported 145.000 tons of potatoes and 227.000 tons of onions last year. This year, authorities decided to set the limit for potato exports at 50.000 tons.