In the export season which ended in July, 252 million 661 thousand dollars of dried apricots were exported to 115 countries from Malatya province. It is aimed to double the currency inflow from now on.
In Malatya, where 85 percent of the world’s dried apricot production is made, 500 million dollars of export is aimed.
“Malatya apricot”, the third product that received a geographical indication from the European Union after “Antep baklava” and “Aydın fig”, was exported to 115 countries last season (August 1, 2019 – July 31, 2020), resulting in an income of 252 million 661 thousand dollars.
Malatya Commodity Exchange Chairman Ramazan Özcan said in his statement that there was a noticeable increase in dried apricot prices.
Reminding that the course of dried apricot prices has changed with the announcement of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Turkish Grain Board (TMO) to purchase apricots, Özcan explained, “There is a serious increase in prices immediately after the good news of our President’s TMO’s intervention in apricot. Of course, this will also be reflected in export figures. Apricot prices are now close to twice the producer costs.”
Expressing that this year is important for apricot producers to earn income, Özcan continued as follows:
“We always expressed that 2020 would be the year of apricot. Our producers are now satisfied with apricot and seed prices. Last season, a kilogram of shelled kernel closed the season at 4 liras and now its kilogram is around 4.5-5 liras. Dried apricot prices have increased almost 100 percent compared to the previous season.”