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Avocado exports from Alanya to increase as production rises

Avocados produced in Alanya, a leading agricultural district in Turkey’s Mediterranean city Antalya, has begun exporting avocados to Poland. It joins Alanya’s existing markets like Ukraine, Romania, Russia, Georgia and Iran.

Alanya Avocado Producers Association Chairman Hilmi Sevilgen said the association recently recorded its first exports of “early” avocados.

He added that Alanya accounts for more than 70 percent of avocados produced in Turkey. “We aim to produce 50 million avocados in an area of 40,000 hectares,” he said. Sevilgen noted that avocado production was not at the desired level in recent years, but together with the harvest of “early” avocados, demands from abroad have begun to increase.

He also noted they wanted to expand the market for avocado exports. “We have sent 5,000 avocados to Poland on a trial basis. When we have enough products, we will send 90,000 more avocados to Poland,” Sevilgen said. “Normally we were exporting in November and December, but the avocados saw early demand due to their high quality.” He added that avocados grown in Alanya are preferred for their flavour. “But the biggest problem is the lack of products,” he concluded…

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