Turkish producers and exporters have welcomed Russia’s decision to raise the upper limit for tomato imports from their lands. The fresh fruit and vegetable sector applauded the news that the Russian Ministry of Agriculture had decided to increase by 20% the quota on the import of Turkish tomatoes. With the newly announced limit, Turkey will be allowed to export up to 300,000 tons of tomatoes to Russia.
Ali Kavak is the chairperson of the Turkish Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters' Association Sector. He has stated that the importance of agriculture has once again been felt during the COVID-19 pandemic period, stressing that Russia’s raising of the bar is extremely important. Russia is a major market for fresh fruit and vegetable producers in Turkey, Kavak said, as they export a large portion of those products there.
He also told dailysabah.com that as the industry, they follow a very successful export policy and they are now in a process of expanding their export markets instead of being dependent on a single market.
Moscow initially increased the quota by 50,000 tons in February 2020 to 200,000 tons and then raised it to 250,000 tons in January of this year. Russia’s agriculture ministry had proposed raising the quota by another 50,000 tons to 300,000 tons this April, which has now come to fruition.