Malatya, an Eastern Anatolian city that is responsible of 85% of the global production of dried apricots, expects to increase fresh apricot exports by 50% this year. Last year, the city exported 13.000 tons of fresh apricots.
Following the harvest, fresh apricot exports continues. The harvest only started in Malatya Valley; the harvest at higher altitudes is yet to begin, said Ramazan Ozcan, chairman of Malatya Chamber of Commerce. Ozcan underlined that all the precautionary measures are taken against the coronavirus during all stages from the production to the export.
“This year, we expect to reach an export volume of at least 20.000 tons. Apricot harvest will continue for two months. Following the harvest and processing, we plan to export apricots to European and Far East markets.” said Ozcan.
“We are new to the Far East market. Due to the distance, products are delivered via air freight. During the pandemic, the demand for fresh produce increased. Our apricots are exported to Europe in packages of 350 grams. We export fresh apricots to nearly 10 countries including Germany, Singapore, Hong Kong and Russia.” Ozcan added.