Turkey has been the global leader in cherry production for years, increasing its production each season thanks to the investments made by the Turkish government in the agricultural sector and the use of advanced technologies. According to the latest data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Turkey produced over 840,000 mt of cherries in 2022, representing approximately 18% of the global production.
The success of the cherry industry in Turkey is partly due to the country’s diverse climates and soils, which provide ideal conditions for growing different types of cherries. In addition, Turkish producers have invested in improving the quality and flavour of their cherries, allowing them to gain a reputation worldwide.
Turkey exports cherries to 76 countries. A turnover of US$133 million was achieved through the export of 57,300 mt between January 1st and November 15th, 2022. The country is known for “0900 Ziraat,” also known as “Turkish cherry,” which plays an important role in meeting the global demand for cherries, with around 50 cherry species being cultivated, as reported by the market intelligence hub www.tridge.com.
With its success in cherry production, Turkey has once again confirmed that investment in the agricultural sector and the use of advanced technologies are key for the sector’s development.