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More volumes, better quality and long availability for Turkish cherries

“This cherry season has a more promising potential”

Just before the Turkish cherry season starts, Ani Tarim is wrapping up their apple season, says Mehmet Çakmak, sales and marketing manager for Turkish fresh produce exporter Ani Tarim: “As of week 20, we’ll be completing 2022-2023 apple packing season with a worthwhile success to us. This season we have increased our total packing volume up to 11,200 tons, which means a 57 per cent increase compared to the previous season. About 6400 tons of apple out of this volume packed for export and the rest was used for the domestic market in Turkey.  We loaded 310 containers in total, which were shipped to different destinations, primarily to India, Malaysia and UAE ports.”

When looking at the cherry crops this season, it’s looking promising on multiple aspects, Çakmak explains. “After a little break of about ten days, we’ll be entering a new packing programme in our strongest product; the cherry. Given the current field conditions, we see that this season has more promising potential in terms of crop quality, high volume and the long availability period in the production areas across Türkiye. The blossom period was good, with no frost and rain damage at a significant scale, and the setting of fruit seems intense in the orchards. We expect to operate the first roadway packings for Europe in week 21, together with our air cargo deliveries to destinations like Gulf and East Asian countries. It seems the season will continue until week 32.”

The cherry season will not be without its difficulties though, but Çakmak feels these challenges will not have a huge impact on the cherry season: “The increases in the cost of packaging materials and labour seem like the two most prominent challenges in the season for us. This is a result of an uncurbed inflation issue in the country over the past couple of years, but we think the impact of these challenges will remain very slight on our operations. We look forward to the start of the season and sincerely hope that all the growers and exporters to have a flowing season comparing to the last year,” he concludes.

For more information:
Mehmet Çakmak
Anı Tarım Fresh Fruit Ltd.Co.
Tel: +90 539 850 30 32