In Malatya, where 85 percent of world dried apricot production is made, an increase of 50 percent is expected in the export of fresh apricots compared to the previous season.
About 50 thousand families live on apricot production and trade in Malatya province where 8 million of the 17 million apricot trees across Turkey situated and named as ‘the apricot capital of the world.’
Malatya apricots, which has the third geographical indication registered before European Union after ‘Antep Baklava’ and ‘Aydın Figs’, were exported to 110 countries and 253 million 500 thousand dollars were earned from 99.666 tons of dried apricot exports.
However apricot produced in the province is exported abroad as fresh.
In the province, where about 13 thousand tons of fresh apricot was exported last season, an increase of 50 percent in exports is expected this year.
Ramazan Özcan, Chairman of the Malatya Commodity Exchange, told the AA reporter that the export of fresh apricots continued with the harvest period in the province.
Stating that the harvest has begun in the Malatya Plain but not yet started in high altitudes, Özcan said that the workers comply with the measures taken against the coronavirus and that a careful process continues from the harvest of apricot to the factory and being sent abroad.