In the first seven-month period, citrus exports increased by 10%, the Turkish National Citrus Council announced. During this period, the value of citrus exports reached 336 million USD (283.5 million Euro).
Kemal Kacmaz, the Chairman of the National Citrus Council stated that citrus is an important product in the country’s fresh fruits and vegetables exports.
Citrus exports increase every other month, said Kacmaz and continued: “In the past seven months, our export volume increased by 10%. Last year, we exported 596.000 tons of citrus and this year we increased that to 656.000 tons.”
Mandarins ranked first with an export value of 125 million USD (105.4 million Euro), and this was followed by lemons, oranges and grapefruits, Kacmaz added.
The removal of export quotas on lemons was positively received, stated Kacmaz.
“We exported citrus to Russia the most. The export value reached 119 million USD (100.4 million Euro). Russia was followed by Ukraine, Iraq, Romania and Poland. There was an export quota on lemons and due to this, there was a decrease in exports. This quota has recently been lifted, therefore, our regular exports will resume.” said Kacmaz.