Malatya, a city located in central-eastern Turkey, is world famous for its apricots. The city produces 85% of the dried apricots in the world. Malatya apricots were the third product to receive the geographical indication from the European Union.
Malatya hosts 8 million apricot trees out of 17 million in Turkey and around 50.000 families in the city earn a living from apricots.
Last year, Malatya apricots were exported to 110 countries. The exports volume of dried apricots reached 99.666 tons and the export value reached 253,500,000 USD (226.18 million Euro).
As harvest started recently, exporters started to export fresh apricots to Europe. The first fresh apricot exports were destined to Germany.
Ramazan Ozcan, the president of Malatya Chamber of Commerce said: “The product is of high quality. There is only little damage due to hail. The harvest started in our Kale district. Soon, our products will be in German supermarkets.”
Ozcan stated that they expect an increase in fresh apricot exports this year and said: “Due to the pandemic, there is an increased demand for agricultural products. Therefore, we expect an increase in our exports. We think that our producers are content with the prices.”
The harvest is expected to last for 40 days, said Ozcan and continued: “This year we will have a productive year both in fresh and dried apricots. Prices will be determined based on demand and supply. We expect a trend towards higher prices. Currently, we export the “Hacihaliloglu” variety to Europe and it costs 4.5 Turkish Lira (0.59 Euro) per kilo. The vaccinated variety costs 5 to 6 Turkish Lira (0.65 to 0.78 Euro).