According to acting Director General of the Interprofessional Group of Fruits (GIFruits), Helmi Kalai, Tunisia aims to export about 80,000 tons of stone fruit mainly to Libya, France and Italy in 2021, He added that the export season of stone fruit began in April 2021 to the Italian, French and Russian markets and that the production of stone fruit is estimated at about 284,000 tons, up 7% compared to last season.
The fruit production sector in Tunisia represents about 30% of the overall value of agricultural production and contributes to the export of more than 11% of total farm production to foreign markets. It also attracts about 15% of the total workforce and 51% of the seasonal workforce.
Allafrica.com reports that, regarding peaches and nectarines, this season's production is estimated at about 152,000 tons, an increase of 11% over the previous season. Apricot and plum production amounted to 28,000 tons and 18,000 tons, respectively, (with a rise of 6% compared to last season).