Turkish exports of fresh fruits and vegetables topped $155 million in July
Turkey’s fresh fruit and vegetable exports topped $155 million in July, while Mediterranean region exporters’ share of total revenue was $54.4 million. Last month, the country delivered 179,400 tonnes of produce to foreign markets, said Ferhat Gürbüz, president of the Mediterranean Association of Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters (AKİB).
Gürbüz noted that the main markets for local producers are the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), the European Union and Middle Eastern countries. Exports to Russia rose 53% to $83.1 million, while exports to Germany amounted to $28.2 million, Gürbüz said. Iraq was the third largest importer of Turkish fresh fruits and vegetables, purchasing $4.3 million worth of produce.
He also noted that exports to Israel soared 148% on an annual basis to $2.6 million and product shipments to Austria soared 143% to $1.9 million. Exports to Saudi Arabia also recorded a 100% increase to $1.1 million.
In July, the top-selling export products were peaches, cherries and apricots. Peach exports increased 53% to $41 million in revenue, while mushroom exports soared nearly 2,900% to $1.6 million. Exports of pears and apricots also increased by 106% and 82% to $1.2 million and $26 million respectively.