Hüseyin Arslan, Chairman of the Board of the Mediterranean Cereals, Pulses, Oilseeds and Products Exporters’ Association (AHBİB), said that they should concentrate on production increase, derivative products and promotion of original products.
Arslan said that Turkey should increase its agricultural production capacity in cereals and pulses products and give more importance to R&D studies related to derivative products.
Arslan also expressed that Turkey can get a bigger share from the global food industry with new promotional activities with the theme of “original product” to be carried out on pulses whose genetic sources are found in Anatolia.
Arslan indicated that for this, new basin-based support mechanisms that will boost production are needed.
‘We exported pulses, pastry products and sugar the most’
Evaluating AHBİB’s exports in 2021 according to product groups, Arslan explained, “Last year, our Association added value to 2 million 77 thousand tonnes of products in global markets. This year, we exported pulses, pastry products, sugar and sugar products the most. In pulses products, we reached a value of 415.3 million dollars with an increase of 46 percent. Pastry products ranked second with a 4 percent increase and a value of 327.6 million dollars, while sugar and confectionery products ranked third with a 55 percent increase and a value of 175.3 million dollars. When we look at all product groups, the most exported product was red lentils. Red lentils constituted 11 percent of our regional exports with a value of 173.2 million dollars.”
‘We have boosted our exports in nearly 150 countries’
Emphasizing that as AHBİB, they have achieved new export increases in addition to traditional markets, Arslan added, “Our Association, which exported to 188 countries in 2021, achieved increases in export volume in nearly 150 markets. This year, the country to which we exported the most was Iraq with a value of 303.8 million dollars. The Iraqi market, where we achieved a rise of 65 percent, constituted 19 percent of our regional exports. Syria came in second with an 80 percent increase and a value of 172 million dollars, while Yemen came in third with an increase of 79 percent and a value of 58 million dollars.”