Stating that 79 percent of banana consumption in Turkey is covered by domestic production, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Dr. Bekir Pakdemirli said that the production, which was 95 thousand tons in 2002, increased by 6 times and reached 550 thousand tons.
Noting that banana production has increased sharply in recent years with the impact of the works carried out by the Agricultural Research and Policy General Directorate (TAGEM), Pakdemirli said, “The majority of the amount that we need, started to be met from domestic production.”
Indicating that while the banana production was 95 thousand tons in 2002, Pakdemirli explained, “This figure increased to 210 thousand 178 tons in 2010 and banana production reached 550 thousand tons in 2019 with an rise of 6 times compared to 2002.”
OUR QUALIFICATION IS UP TO 79 PERCENT
In this context, Pakdemirli underlined that approximately 32 percent of the domestic production consists of varieties developed and registered by the Alata Horticultural Research Institute affiliated with TAGEM.
“13 projects have been completed so far by our Institute to boost yield and quality in banana production. Although it varies over the years with the effect of these developments, our banana sufficiency soared to approximately 79 percent in the 2018/2019 season,” Pakdemirli added.
Pointing out that while our country used to be a net importer of banana products in the past, Minister Pakdemirli emphasized that there has been a decrease in imports due to the increase in domestic production in recent years.