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“HIKES IN INPUT COSTS EXCESSIVELY FORCE HAZELNUT EXPORTERS”

Press release…

Sebahattin Arslantürk, Vice Chairman of Eastern Black Sea Exporters’ Association (DKİB) Hazelnut and Hazelnut Products Sector Committee, stated that the continuation of the demand contraction caused by inflationary pressures in export markets and the cautious behaviour of buyers in their orders slowed down the rate of increase in their exports.

“We faced the risk of not being able to keep the price as a result of the excessive hike in domestic production costs and the high rate of spike in input costs, forcing exporters to compete,” he said.

Pointing out that agriculture is a sector that needs to be given great importance in the current century, and that due to the risk of climate change, he noted, “All countries are prioritising agriculture with the incentive instruments they have developed to ramp up yield and production by formulating their policies in this respect.”

“It is of great urgency for our country to be prepared for the current conjuncture and to establish support models that will boost the yield in hazelnut and direct the farmers to better quality production and demanded the establishment of a system that will encourage and plan production, such as the renewal of hazelnut gardens, the development of new hazelnut species resistant to drought and the distribution to farmers,” he added…

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