Turkiye’s citrus exports last year were $904 million 18 thousand.
According to the information compiled by the AA correspondent from the data of the Mediterranean Exporters’ Association (AKIB), 1 million 940 thousand tons of citrus fruits were exported from Turkiye in 2022.
With this foreign sale of citrus, $904 million 18 thousand of foreign currency inflow was provided to the country.
The most exported citrus products last year were mandarin, lemon, orange and grapefruit, respectively.
Russia took the first place in the distribution of exports by country. $429 million of products were sent to Russia, where almost half of the export was realized, $84 million to Ukraine, $68 million to Iraq, $46 million to Poland and $42 million to Romania.
Kemal Kacmaz, Deputy Chairman of the National Citrus Council, told Anadolu Agency (AA) that citrus has an important share in fresh fruit and vegetable exports.
Stating that the problems experienced on a global scale last year were reflected in exports, Kacmaz said, “$904 million of foreign exchange inflow was achieved in citrus fruits in 2022. There is a slight decrease compared to the previous year. There are reasons for this. Purchasing power has decreased due to the pandemic and economic difficulties in the receiving countries. In addition, the Russia-Ukraine war caused the decline. Despite this, we are in a position to preserve the figures of the previous period.”
“We will exceed our export target of $1 billion in the new year”
Kacmaz noted that citrus exporters will continue to contribute to the country’s economy, and that they will work with all their might to avoid being affected by the negativities in the outside world.
Stating that they are in search of new markets for exports and that they believe that the developments in the sector will continue to increase in the coming years, Kacmaz said, “We believe that we will close the decline experienced in 2023. We will exceed our export target of $1 billion in the new year. Despite all the economic difficulties experienced in the world, we have achieved a good number despite the difficulties experienced in transportation and transportation.
Kacmaz emphasized that they aim to increase exports to Far Eastern countries and that they believe they will reach their expectations in 2023.
“Mersin ranks first in lemon production”
Mersin Agriculture and Forestry Director Arif Abali stated that the city stands out with its many agricultural products.
Stating that the citrus exports in the city make a significant contribution to the country’s economy, Abali said, “The majority of our fresh fruit and vegetable exports are citrus fruits. Only Mersin realized 36% of Turkiye’s exports with 695 thousand tons. We are in the first place in lemon production from citrus products.”
Source: AA / Translated by Irem Yildiz