Despite the new type of coronavirus (Covid-19), exports of grains, pulses, oilseeds and products sector increased mostly in African countries.
According to the information compiled from Turkish Exporters’ Assembly (TİM) Grain, Pulses, Oil Seeds and Products Sector Board data, the sector continued its rise in exports in the past 4 months of the year. Despite the new type of coronavirus epidemic, the sector made an export of 2 billion 404 million 916 thousand dollars with an increase of 3.1 percent compared to the same period of the previous year.
In general in this year’s January-April period, exports mostly made to Middle Eastern countries. However, sales to the Middle Eastern countries were recorded as 973 million 653 thousand dollars with a 9.7 percent decrease compared to the same period of the previous year.
In the African countries, which are in the second rank, 536 million 770 thousand dollars of exports were signed with an increase of 16.1 percent compared to the previous year.
Meanwhile exports to EU countries increased by 12.2 percent and provided 316 million 520 thousand dollars of foreign exchange.
In exports, on the basis of the country, Iraq ranks first, as in previous periods, followed by the USA, Yemen, Syria and Saudi Arabia.
The country with the highest increase in exports was Germany, where there was a 24.7 increase compared to last year. Exports to this country amounted to 83 million 550 thousand dollars.
During the January-April period, the most exported product with 385 million 429 thousand dollars was biscuits – cake products, wheat flour took the second place with 316 million 147 thousand dollars of exports.
These products were followed by vegetable oils with 271 million 245 thousand dollars, pasta with 236 million 566 thousand dollars and cocoa products with 205 million 285 thousand dollars.
CALL FOR MEASURES
In his statement to the correspondent of AA (Anatolian Agency), TİM Grains, Pulses, Oil Seeds and Products Sector Board Chairman Mahsum Altunkaya stated that the epidemic that adversely affects humanity worldwide and threatens international trade as well as human life, at a certain level of damage to exports.
Explaining that the rise in exports continues despite the epidemic in their sectors, Altunkaya said:
“If we look at the developments across the world in general, as living in Turkey, we can see that how lucky we are. The measures and practices taken in Turkey has achieved control of the epidemic. Rules are for all of us. We should do our part in face of the measures taken for ways to overcome these difficulties and an end to the epidemic right away. What we need to do is to fulfill our part by following the precautions. When we achieve this, there will be a rapid development in exports. We must act knowingly.”