The 2.5-year longing for exports in white poppy, one of Turkiye’s traditional export products, is over. Turkish white poppy received export visa to India, the largest export market.
Exporting companies loaded their products on ships to send them to India after a break of 2.5 years. The sector aims to export 80 million dollars of white poppy seeds.
Stating that quotas are not given for poppy seed exports to India due to the pandemic, Aegean Cereals, Pulses, Oilseeds and Products Exporters’ Association Chairperson Muhammet Öztürk expressed that they are experiencing the joy of Eid as both producers and exporters, since poppy seed exports to India resumed after a 2.5-year hiatus.
Noting that a quota of 17,500 tonnes was allocated for the export of white poppy seeds to India, Öztürk said, “The export of white poppy seeds started after a 2.5-year interruption. We are targeting 80 million dollars from poppy seed exports to India. With the easing of the pandemic, we will strive to ensure that our poppy seed exports continue uninterruptedly in the next period.”
Sharing the knowledge that there is an average of 25 thousand tonnes of poppy seed production in Turkiye, although the annual production varies and more than 70 thousand producers make a living from this crop, Öztürk continued his words as follows: “Poppy seed is a product that has no consumption in the domestic market and has to be exported. Our Minister of Trade, who has always supported our industry to start poppy seed exports to India.
“So we would like to thank Minister of Trade Dr. Mehmet Muş, Deputy Minister of Trade Volkan Ağar along with bureaucrats of the Ministry of Trade and Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. In the cereals, pulses, oilseeds and products sector, we do not have any banned products for export. As the Aegean Cereals, Pulses, Oilseeds and Products Exporters’ Association, we are taking firm steps towards our goal of exporting 1 billion dollars,” he added…