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“IMPORTANCE OF CEREALS AND LEGUMES HAS EMERGED WITH THE PANDEMIC”

Mahsum Altunkaya, Chairman of Turkish Exporters’ Assembly (TIM) Cereals, Pulses, Oil Seeds and Products Sector Board, stated that 2020 was a difficult year for all exporters and they wished that everything would return to normal in 2021.

Altunkaya said, “We achieved the highest monthly sector exports of all time in June, July, August, September and December. Ultimately, as of the 12-month period, our exports increased by 7.5 percent to approximately 7.3 billion dollars. As the sector, we broke a new record by carrying our exports above 7 billion dollars for the first time.”

“The importance of cereals and legumes has emerged with the pandemic”

Stating that the cereals, pulses, oilseeds and products sector is directly related to human health and life and the importance of this has been better understood with the pandemic process, Mahsum Altunkaya, Chairman of the Sector Board, noted, “Therefore, our industry has a strategic importance. Due to this feature, the demand for the products of the sector has increased even more due to the pandemic effect.”

“This is the common success of our exporters”

Altunkaya emphasized the significance of exporters’ ability to adapt to the conditions by studying in a short time in the increase of exports during the pandemic process; “One of the most important reasons for the rise in exports is undoubtedly the ability of our exporters to adapt to the conditions.”

“Difficulties do not discourage Turkish exporters but rather encourage new initiatives. In short, the main reasons underlying the success of our sector are the strategic importance of the sector and the skill of the sector exporter,” Altunkaya added…

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