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DAVUT ER: BAN ON EXPORT OF BULK OLIVE OIL LIFTED

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The restriction imposed on the export of bulk olive oil in March 2022 by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry on the grounds of ensuring food supply security was lifted as of 7 July 2022. So olive oil exporters enjoyed a double holiday.

Davut Er

Emphasizing that the ban on olive oil exports in packages over 5 kg in 2021 and 2022 was a wrong decision, Chairperson of the Aegean Olive and Olive Oil Exporters’ Association (EZZİB) Davut Er said, “On Wednesday, July 6, 2022, we came together with Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Dr. Nihat Pakdil, General Director of Food and Control, Dr. Durali Koçak and General Director of Plant Production Dr. Mehmet Hasdemir. We once again conveyed our demands for the lifting of the ban with our reasons and so the ban was lifted on July 7 by the Ministry.”

Pointing out that they entered the 2021/22 season with 48 thousand tonnes of stock and an estimated yield of 235 thousand tonnes Er explained, “Turkiye’s annual olive oil consumption is around 150 thousand tonnes. We emphasized on the first day of the ban decision that we have around 130-140 thousand tonnes of olive oil that can be exported under these conditions. We are entering the new season with a stock that can be exported between 90-100 thousand tonnes. Next year is the olive oil’s have year. There will be no problem in the supply of products for both export and domestic consumption. Therefore, the lifting of the ban was a very accurate decision for both our producers and exporters. We would like to thank everyone who contributed to this settlement, especially Mr. Minister Professor Dr. Vahit Kirişçi.”

Reminding that Turkiye has made large investments in the olive sector in the last 20 years, EZZİB Chair Davut Er continued his words as follows: “Our Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has increased our olive tree assets from 90 million to 190 million. When these trees become fully productive, we aim for a yield of 650 thousand tonnes of olive oil and 1 million 200 thousand tonnes of table olives. In order for this crop to turn into added value, export channels must be constantly open. The restriction on olive oil exports should be removed from the minds.”

EZZİB Chair Davut Er, Vice Chair M. Kadri Gündeş, Board Member Güngör Şarman and Aegean Exporters’ Associations (EİB) Deputy Secretary General Serap Ünal attended the Ankara contacts of the Aegean Olive and Olive Oil Exporters’ Association…

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