After 2021 is declared as the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables by the United Nations (UN), exporters focusing on new markets aim to contribute more to the country’s economy. Nejdat Sin, Chairman of the Board of Mediterranean Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters’ Association, said that there were significant developments in fresh fruit and vegetable exports last year.
Reminding that the industry exported 2 billion 730 million dollars in 2020 despite the new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) epidemic, Sin said, “Within the scope of the measures taken by our state, agricultural workers went to the fields and gardens during the Covid-19 process. There was no problem in production. Despite this epidemic, we have provided important foreign currency to our country.”
Underlining that their works continued at full speed, Sin noted, “Turkey has the world’s 7th largest agricultural economy.”
Stressing that Turkey produces quality fruits and vegetables, Sin explained, “Our country is the 4th in the world in production of vegetables and 5th in fruit production. Our country is in a good state of preservation of these products. We have the nice cold storage. This year has been declared as the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables. We will make good use of this year. Our country has the power to do this. We have to do these things to write new success stories. We also need to protect our existing markets and reach alternative ones.”
Stating that they are ready for new markets as a country, Sin added,” We are in talks with our stakeholders, producers and necessary people within the scope of the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables. We are striving to make this work more efficient. We will be in search of new markets within the scope of this theme.”