National Citrus Council (UNK) Chairman Kemal Kaçmaz said that in January-July period Turkey provided 336 million dollars of foreign currency income from citrus exports.
Kaçmaz stated that citrus exports are at an important point in the fresh fruit and vegetable sector.
Indicating that their exports have increased every month, Kaçmaz noted, “In the last 7 months, there was an increase of 10 percent in citrus exports. Last year, 596 thousand tons of citrus were exported, while 656 thousand tons of citrus were exported this year. This amount of exports provided 336 million dollars of foreign currency inflow to our country.”
Kaçmaz added that tangerine ranks first in foreign sales with 125 million dollars, followed by lemon, orange and grapefruit.
The abrogation of the export pre-authorization in lemon is welcomed…
Explaining that the increase in exports made the representatives of the sector happy, Kaçmaz continued: “Our most export was to the Russian Federation. 119 million dollars were exported to this country. Russia was followed by Ukraine, Iraq, Romania and Poland. As is known, a preliminary permit had been brought for export of lemon. Therefore, there were some decreases. In the past days, the condition of obtaining a preliminary permit from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in lemon exports has been removed. Our exports will now return to their normal course. Removal of the pre-authorization has been welcomed within the sector.”
“We produce natural and high quality citrus fruits as the country. Our citrus is in a demanded position in European countries due to its characteristics. Our industry will reach a better point,” Kaçmaz concluded…