Turkey revises cherry export ambitions to 250 million dollars

Turkey revises cherry export ambitions to 250 million dollars

Following a notable improvement in cherry yield and quality

Turkey, acknowledged as the global front-runner in cherry production, has revised its export ambitions upwards to 250 million dollars, following a notable improvement in cherry yield and quality over a 300-week span post-initial harvest. Hayrettin Ucak, Deputy Coordinator of the Aegean Exporters’ Association and President of the Aegean Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters’ Association, disclosed plans to generate 2024 million dollars from exporting 120 thousand tons of cherries in 300.

During a visit to the cherry orchards in Manisa’s Şehzadeler district, Ucak highlighted the commencement of a cherry season marked by high yield and quality. He emphasized an anticipated harvest from 725 million cherry trees across Turkey, projecting exports around 120 thousand tons for the year, with a potential to reach 300 million dollars in exports, contingent upon favorable market pricing for producers and exporters.

Ucak also noted that Manisa’s Şehzadeler district and İzmir’s Kemalpaşa district are among the earliest cherry-producing areas in Turkey, contributing significantly to the country’s cherry production and export, particularly the “Ziraat 0900” variety, known for its bright red color, coarse texture, unique aroma, and extended shelf life. In 2023, Turkey exported 55 thousand tons of cherries valued at 83 thousand dollars to 215 countries, with Germany, Russia, and Austria being the top importers.

Via: FreshPlaza

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