Fresh fruit and vegetable exports from Turkey are said to have been increasing in line with the European Green Deal principles. The European Green Deal, launched in 2019, provides an action plan to boost the efficient use of resources, restore biodiversity and cut pollution.
Nejdat Sin, president of the Mediterranean Exporters Unions and chairman of the Mediterranean Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters Association, said: “The exports increased by 70 percent year on year in April, reaching 201.7 million U.S. dollars.” He added that the industry shipped 328,000 tons of products abroad this April. Tomatoes and peppers were the most exported products, creating 41.9 million and 27.1 million dollars of revenues, respectively.
Oriental.news quoted Sin as saying: “The Turkish fresh fruit and vegetable producers and exporters are making great efforts to reduce the environmental impact of food processing, transportation, storage, and packaging processes.”
In his view, the sector also aims to contribute to the circular economy by utilizing food waste, ending excessive fertilization activities in agriculture, reducing the use of pesticides, and preventing groundwater pollution.