Pointing out that the farmer will continue to produce and efforts should be made to boost exports by decreasing imports, the Chairpersons of Aegean Exporters’ Associations (EİB) called for agriculture to be supported with comprehensive policies.
Informing that Turkiye is among the top 10 countries in the world in the production and export of aquatic products, poultry meat, eggs, dairy products and honey, Aegean Fisheries and Animal Products Exporters’ Association Chaiperson Bedri Girit stated that they have reached an annual export volume of 3.5 billion dollars.
Aegean Fresh Fruit-Vegetable Exporters’ Association Chairperson Hayrettin Uçak underlined that they are in an effort to involve educated youth more in the agricultural sector.
LET’S FOCUS ON EFFICIENCY…
Mentioning that the food needs of 8 billion people around the world are increasing day by day, Aegean Dried Fruits and Products Exporters’ Association Chaiperson Mehmet Ali Işık said, “There is a ground where we can grow in organic production and exports. We must use this. If we increase organic agriculture, we can reduce the effects of global warming.”
Sharing the information that Turkiye’s food exports have reached 24.5 billion dollars in the last 1-year period, Aegean Cereals, Pulses, Oilseeds and Products Exporters’ Association Chairperson Muhammet Öztürk stressed that as the grains, pulses oilseeds sector, they make 42% of Turkiye’s food exports with 10 billion dollars of exports.
INCREASE IN TOBACCO PRODUCTION…
Sharing the knowledge that 30 percent of the tobacco to be used in tobacco products produced in Turkiye will have to be produced in the country gradually, Aegean Tobacco Exporters’ Association Chairperson Ömer Celal Umur emphasized that there will be a rise in the production of especially virginia and burley type tobacco in this process.
Aegean Olive and Olive Oil Exporters’ Association Chairperson Davut Er said that Turkiye’s olive tree wealth has risen from 90 million to 190 million in the last 20 years and that productivity is another topic that needs to be focused on while surging the olive tree presence in the next period.
Ali Fuat Gürle, Chair of the Aegean Furniture Paper and Forest Products Exporters’ Association, said that they made 112 million dollars, which constitutes 61 percent of Turkiye’s 182 million dollars of non-wood forest products exports in 2021.
He also explained that they are the world leader especially in laurel and oregano exports, that Turkiye has the potential to produce 25 thousand tons of oregano in the short term and 40 thousand tons in the medium term with new plantations and that producers should be supported.