In July, fresh fruit and vegetable exports from Turkey increased by 41.4 percent as compared to the same month last year, reaching $186.2 million. More than half of the exports were going to Russia and Germany.
The Uludağ Fruit and Vegetable Products Exporters’ Association has stated that fresh fruit and vegetable exports to Russia increased by 51.7 percent compared to the same month of the previous year, from $44.2 million to $67.1 million. Germany followed Russia with total exports of $44.8, indicating a 41.6 percent increase.
July exports to other countries were $14 million to Iraq, $4.96 million to the Netherlands, $4.32 million to Ukraine, $3.94 million to Romania, $3.76 million to Hong Kong and $3.13 million to Italy.
Seniha Yazgan is the vice chair of the Uludağ Fruit and Vegetable Products Exporters’ Association. She released a statement that Turkey’s agricultural production did not experience large declines with the help of the state support during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hurriyetdailynews.com quoted her as saying; “More than 65 percent of our fresh fruit and vegetable exports to Germany in July consists of the cherry-sour cherry product group. In this product group, we increased our exports to Germany by 34 percent and exported goods worth more than $30 million. Also, there was a significant increase in the apricot, cucumber-gherkin and pepper product groups.”