“Enhancing Dried Apricot Quality Project” is supported by Dried Fruit and Products Exporters’ Associations Sector Board and Malatya Commodity Exchange in partnership with Aegean, Southeastern Anatolia and Istanbul Dried Fruits and Products Exporters’ Associations.
Within the scope of the project carried out under the coordination of Malatya Apricot Research Institute, 8 apricot sorting machines, 8 drying tunnels and 2500 drying lumps were purchased. Apricot sorting machine, drying tunnel and crayfish were distributed free of charge to each of the 8 manufacturers determined by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. Institutions spent 240 thousand TL for the project in question.
A ceremony was held in Malatya Doğanşehir district to promote the project. The participants were informed about the benefits of using grading machine, drying tunnel and crayfish. It was underlined that it will increase the quality and value of the product by drying tunnel and crayfish drying.
Chairman of Turkey Dried Fruit Industry Board Osman Öz said that Turkey is the world leader both in production and exports of dried apricots.
Osman Öz said, “All stakeholders in the sector joined forces to obtain more foreign exchange earnings from Turkish apricots in terms of ‘Enhancing Dried Apricots Quality Project’.”
Giving the information that the export of dried apricots exceeded 250 million dollars in the 2019/20 season, Öz noted, “We are pleased that Turkish Grain Board (TMO) will purchase dried apricots this year. However, while apricots are fresh, we should dry them with crayfish in the drying tunnels with better quality. Thus, if we meet the expectations of customers, we can easily increase this figure to the 300-350 million dollars range.”
Öz finally made the following assessment: “Of course, our efforts to export our product with more added value should not be succumbed to ambitions that do not have any value in the market. I wish the season to be successful and beneficial to our producers and exporters.”