The dried fruit and products sector exported 685 million dollars in the first half of 2021.
While the exports of the dried fruit and products sector were 604 million dollars in the January-June period of 2020, it reached 685 million dollars with an increase of 13 percent in the first half of 2021.
Birol Celep, Chairperson of the Aegean Dried Fruit and Products Exporters’ Association, said that they managed to get a 53 percent share of this amount of export and brought 362 million dollars to the country.
Celep said, “We sold a product worth 191 million dollars by sending the seedless raisins, of which we are the leader in the world, 95 percent of which we produce from our region, to 94 countries. In the first half of 2021, our other products to which we export the most from Turkey are dried apricots with 141 million dollars and dried figs with 104 million dollars.”
Stating that all dried apricots, which were exported for 2 thousand 787 dollars in the 2019/20 season, found buyers for 3 thousand 498 dollars in 118 countries in the 2020/21 season, Celep noted, “While the average export price of all dried figs sent to 110 countries in the 2020/21 season went up from 4 thousand 66 dollars to 4 thousand 274 dollars. The highest rate of hike in exports was experienced in pistachios with an increase of 136 percent from 36 million to 85 million dollars.”
“In the January-June period, our exports accounted for 41 million dollars of almonds, 40 million dollars of other dried fruits, 27 million dollars of other roasted fruits, 16 million dollars of walnuts, 14 million dollars of pine nuts with a rise of 53 percent, 9 million dollars of chickpeas, 5 million dollars of dried apples, 4 million dollars of apricot and apricot kernels, finally 1 million dollars was formed by dried plum,” Celep added.
“We will continue our marketing activities to increase the export of agricultural products of the Aegean Region,” Celep concluded…