Despite the negative impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Turkey set a new record in the exports of fresh vegetables and fruits in 2020, informed the Head of the Association of Exporters of Vegetables and Fruits of Istanbul Melisa Tokgez Mutlu, as reported by Anadolu agency.
According to her, the agricultural sector was one of the economic areas that felt the least damage from the pandemic. “Exports of fresh vegetables and fruits in 2020 increased by 20.8% in general compared to the previous year and up to $2.7 billion,” Mutlu said.
The largest share of the export supplies abroad out of fresh vegetables and fruits fell on tomatoes, cherries, tangerines and pomegranates. The leading importers of fresh vegetables and fruits from Turkey last year were Russia, Germany, Ukraine, Iraq and Romania. The Head of the Association noted that apples, lemons, peaches and nectarines were in great demand. Simultaneously, Spain, Bangladesh, India, Great Britain and the United Arab Emirates are new promising markets for Turkey.
“Speaking about the whole fruit and vegetable segment, in 2020, cucumbers and gherkins, apple juices and canned tomatoes were in great demand. Germany, the USA, Iraq, the Netherlands and the UK are the leading importers in this segment,” Mutlu said.
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