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Press release…

The seasonal ban on fresh tomato imports imposed by Iraq since July ended two days ago.

Aegean Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters’ Association Chairman Hayrettin Uçak said fresh tomato exports reached to 304 million dollars in 2019 which was 292 million dollars in 2018.

Uçak said, “We sent fresh tomatoes valued at 247 million dollars to 50 countries in the period from 1 January to 27 October. We exported 25,546 tons of fresh tomatoes to Iraq and earned 8 million dollars in revenue. Iraq puts restrictions on all countries due to sufficient seasonal production of fresh tomatoes at certain times each year.”

“This practice, which entered into force as of July, ended two days ago. After the pandemic, the tendency of decentralization in production has strengthened in countries. Many countries are now doing these practices in their own way in order to encourage the agricultural sector. Our exports to Iraq amounted to 17 million dollars in 2019 and 2018. We aim to reach the same export figure by the end of the year,” Uçak noted.

“Fresh tomatoes are a great source of income for our country. Russia is one of the countries that we export the most fresh tomatoes,” Uçak added.

“Turkey realised fresh tomato exports valued at 51 million dollars to Russia between January 1 – October 2020. As a matter of fact Turkey ranks fourth across the world in fresh tomato production. In the period from 2001 to 2019, our fresh tomato production increased by around 50 percent and reached 13 million tons. It is one of our most important export items in the vegetable category. The export range of Turkish tomatoes covers a wide geography from Europe to the Gulf countries,” Uçak concluded…

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