In the first five-month of the year, Turkey increased citrus exports by 30%, according to the Turkish National Citrus Council. The president of the council Kemal Kacmaz said that citrus products have an important share in fresh fruits and vegetables exports.
"Last year from January to May, Turkey exported 586.000 tons of citrus in return for 252 million USD (224 million Euro). This year, in the same period, the volume increased to 635.000 tons and the value increased to 326 million USD (290 million Euro)." said Kacmaz.
In that five-month period, grapefruits ranked first in citrus export which were followed by mandarins and oranges.
"Turkey is a global player in citrus"
Stating that exports to European countries had increased, Kacmaz said: "Our top export market was Russia with an export value of 118,748,000 USD(105.5 million Euro). This was followed by Ukraine, Iraq, Romania and Poland. We are content with our increased exports to the EU countries. We increased our exports to the Netherlands by 171%, and to Germany by 50%. Global markets demand citrus from us. Turkey has become a global player in citrus. In the coming years, both our production and our exports will increase."