The first harvest of Sultana seedless grapes has started in Alasehir, Manisa, a city located in western Turkey. As permissions for exports are granted, first packages are loaded in trucks. The first 70 trucks were destined for Russia and EU countries.
In 2019, Turkey exported 267.000 tons of grapes, this year the aim is to increase this to 300.000 tons. Last year, Alasehir alone exported 157.000 tons of grapes and earned 550 million USD (464.7 million Euro).
Alasehir District Governor Abdullah Ucgun said: “Alasehir is one of the most important exporters of fresh fruits and vegetables in the country. Exporters prefer to work with us because our customs directorate is open 24/7. We started to export the first Sultana grapes today. Soon, we'll start to export the Mevlana variety of grapes.”
Alasehir Commodity Exchange Chairman Huseyin Sorgur pointed out to this year’s export goal and said: “This year, we expect to increase our export volume. Our main export product is Sultana grapes, but we also export pomegranates, cherries and citrus. We are having a good season; weather conditions have been favourable. We aim to export 300.000 tons of grapes. Our farmers work hard towards this goal. We grow grapes at European standards.”
“We mainly export to Russia, Belarus, the UK, Poland and others. We've also started to export to Southern African countries.” Soygur added.