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Arslantürk: Hazelnut exports continue the upward trend in the first quarter of the year

Press release…

STARTING THE YEAR 2024 WITH A SPIKE, HAZELNUT EXPORTS CONTINUE THEIR UPWARD TREND IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF THE YEAR…

Türkiye’s hazelnut exports in the January-March period of 2024 realised as 605.865.060 dollars for 77.309 tonnes, with a high rate of export increase of 9 percent in quantity and 34 percent in value.

Sebahattin Arslantürk

In the January – March period of 2024, hazelnut exports were made to 107 different countries and the top 5 countries with the highest exports were Germany, Italy, Poland, France and the Netherlands, respectively. In the same period, 199 million 623 thousand 391 dollars of exports were made from Trabzon province and an increase of 7 percent was experienced compared to the same period of the previous year.

Sebahattin Arslantürk, Vice Chairman of the Hazelnut and Products Sector Committee of the Eastern Black Sea Exporters Association (DKİB), stated that the hike in hazelnut exports, which started 2024 with a spike, continued to soar in March and said that their hope is to close the whole year with a rise.

Emphasizing that the costs of producers and exporters should be reduced and access to finance should be improved in hazelnut, which is one of the rare agricultural export products of the country that provides net foreign currency inflow, Arslantürk, added, “It is very important to support the producer in terms of input costs and especially fertiliser prices in order for the producer to carry out the necessary work and maintenance in the gardens in order to ramp up the production of quality products and increase the yield per unit, and urgently to the producer in terms of labour costs and fertiliser prices which are above the competitor countries.”

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