Last year, Turkey’s tropical fruit exports saw an 85 percent increase from 2020 to amount to $13 million. In the first half of 2022, exports already reached $7.9 million, said Hayrettin Uçak, the head of the Aegean Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters’ Association, adding that the country’s exports leaped 225 percent between 2018 and 2021.
The range of produce local growers sell abroad also expanded to include papaya, mango, pineapple, dragon fruit, coconut, passion fruit and bilberry, he added. Revenues from kiwi exports exceeded $5 million, while revenues from mango rose from only $144,000 to $1.1 million, according to Uçak.
The UK was the top export market for local mango growers at $948,000, while bilberry sales to Germany climbed from $524,000 to $761,000, he furthered.
In the first half of 2022, exports to Russia amounted to $1.5 million, while sales to Romania grew 10 percent to $920,000 and the UK boosted its imports from Turkey from $119,000 last year to $981,000, he said, adding that exports to Germany increased by 38 percent and sales to Spain amounted to $553,000.