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Turkiye’s Watermelon Producers Thrive as European Football Championship Drives Demand

The European Football Championship, set to kick off in Munich, Germany on June 14, has brought an unexpected boon to watermelon producers in Adana.

As football teams from 24 countries, including Türkiye, prepare to compete in the month-long championship, Adana’s watermelon harvest aligns perfectly with the tournament, driving significant demand from European markets, especially Germany, Bazaartimes informs.

During the harvest, Mehmet Akın Doğan, head of Adana’s Yüreğir chamber of agriculture,highlighted the fortuitous timing and said, “This year, the European Football Championship coinciding with our watermelon season made our farmers very happy.”

“We expect 8-9 tons of yield from each decare of land in the plain. If prices continue like this, our farmers will rejoice. There may be a problem if prices fall, but with the championship in Europe, our farmers should do well,” he added.

Adana’s watermelons, known for their quality, are collected, packaged and shipped directly to several European countries. The synchronization with the championship has led to a surge in orders, benefiting both producers and traders.

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“There is no shortage of watermelon right now. All our watermelons are collected from the field and after going to the packaging facilities, they are packaged there and sent directly abroad,” Doğan explained.

This year, Adana expects a yield of 700,000 tons from 105,000 decares of land. Doğan said that if Adana watermelon brings in good money, the cultivation area will be increased even more next year.

“We expect the European Football Championship to have a doping effect on watermelon. Our watermelon is very popular in Europe. Medium-sized watermelons are particularly favored,” Doğan added.

Farmer Mahmut Fırat, who grows watermelons in Karataş district, shared his enthusiasm about export opportunities. “We are happy to export watermelon to Europe,” he said, reflecting the optimism among local farmers.

Warm up games and friendly matches have already begun ahead of the European Football Championship.

The Turkish national team is set to compete in Group F, with their first match scheduled for June 18.

Germany expects 2.7 million people to attend matches in stadiums across the country and some 12 million in fan zones for outdoor viewing, government officials have stated.

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