Turkey increased citrus exports by 9% in the first half of the year. In the same period, citrus exports to Russia increased by 48% in terms of value. Turkish National Citrus Council’s chairman Kemal Kacmaz announced that Turkey’s citrus exports reached a total value of 331 million USD (292.5 million Euro).
Stating that citrus has an important share in the country’s fresh fruits and vegetables exports, Kacmaz said: “Last year, we exported 593.000 tons of citrus, this year in the first half, this has increased to 645.000 tons.”
Mandarins ranked first with an export value of 125 million USD (110.5 million Euro). This is followed by lemons, oranges and grapefruits.
Stating that exports to European countries increased Kacmaz said:
“We exported citrus to Russia the most. The export value to this country reached 119 million USD. This was followed by Ukraine, Iraq, Romania and Poland. We exported citrus to other European countries as well. Our exports to Italy increased from 100 tons to 5.000 tons. Second highest increase is seen in our exports to the Netherlands with an increase by 169%. We increased our citrus exports to Poland by 151%. These are important figures for our sector.”
In terms of volume, Turkey increased citrus exports to Russia from 143.046 tons (January-June 2019) to 197.828 tons in the first half of this year.