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HAYRETTİN UÇAK: PANDEMIC INCREASES THE DEMAND FOR PEACHES

Press release…

Harvest enthusiasm is experienced in peach, which is accepted as the harbinger of summer and the symbol of long life and immortality. Peach and nectarine exports increased by 71 percent from 90 million dollars to 154 million dollars in 2020, when the pandemic peaked.

After a 20-day delay this year due to climatic conditions, the harvest started in the peach orchards in Selçuk district of İzmir.

Giving the information that the peach harvest has started recently, Aegean Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters’ Association Chairperson Hayrettin Uçak said, “We had a good year this year in terms of quality and yield in peach and nectar, which are important export products for Turkey and the Aegean Region. We aim to export 170 million dollars with a 10 percent increase.”

The pandemic has increased the demand for peaches…

Providing information about the export figures of peaches and nectarines, Uçak explained, “Our peach export, which was 10 million dollars for 10.8 thousand tons in the first 5 months of 2020, soared by 40 percent in quantity to 15 thousand tons in the January-May period of 2021 and rose by 53 percent in value to 15.5 million dollars. Our nectarine exports, which were 15.5 thousand tons equivalent to 14.8 million dollars in the 5 months of 2020, increased to 17.8 thousand tons with a rise of 16 percent in the same period of 2021 and to 19.1 million dollars with an increase of 29 percent in value. The 3 countries most exported were Russia, Romania and Iraq. Turkey’s peach and nectarine exports reached 154 million dollars in 2021 with a rise of 71 percent and we broke a record. The pandemic increased the demand for peaches.”

Peach and nectarine exports became more value-added…

Pointing out that Turkey’s peach and nectarine exports were 106 thousand tons in 2019, it surged to 165.5 thousand tons in 2020 with an increase of 57 percent, Uçak added, “This means that our Turkish exporters made an export of our peaches and nectarines with more added value. The pandemic also triggered this process. I wish a fruitful season to all our producers who work day and night to produce our peaches and nectarines.”

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