According to the compilation made by the AA correspondent from the Mediterranean Exporters’ Associations (AKİB), the export of fresh fruits and vegetables, which was 2 million 463 thousand tons in the 9 months of last year, increased to 3 million 112 thousand tons with an increase of 26 percent in the same period of this year.
In the export of fresh fruits and vegetables, which increased in value as well as in quantity, foreign sales of 1 billion 690 million dollars in the January-September period of 2020 were recorded as 2 billion 15 million dollars with an increase of 19 percent in the 9 months of this year.
In the sector, where the threshold of 2 billion dollars in foreign sales was exceeded in 9 months, fresh fruit was exported with a maximum of 945 million 125 thousand dollars. Fresh vegetables took the second place with 630 million 383 dollars, and the citrus group took the third place with 427 million 29 thousand dollars.
The most exported product of the sector in the January-September period was tomato with 264 million 759 million dollars. Tomato was followed by lemon with 184 million 30 thousand dollars and cherry-cherry with 184 million 5 thousand dollars.
“Exports will continue to increase”
In his statement to the AA correspondent, Nejdat Sin, President of the Mediterranean Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters’ Association, thanked everyone who contributed to the country’s exports.
Underlining that they continue to build on the rise in foreign sales, Sin said, “In terms of our country’s position and dynamics, its exports have increased after the pandemic and will continue to increase. Sector representatives and workers loved this increase. This rise is in terms of representation of our country abroad, foreign currency inflow and employment creation. It’s very satisfying. I think we’re going to go to numbers without suffocating or suffocating, by constantly putting them on top.” said.
Sin said that in fresh vegetables and fruits, tomatoes are the most sold abroad in 9 months of the year, and that the exported products can change according to the season.
Addressing the producers and exporters, Sin said, “We need to export by increasing the quality of our products. I also have a message and a request to the producers; we are producing products that are more careful, transparent, traceable, worthy of human health, or rather, are monitored and at the standards accepted in the world, but we are growing a little more than that. We need to be careful. This strengthens our hand and enables us to export more.” he said.
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