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MEHMET CIRAV: WE SHOULD FOCUS ON SUSTAINABILITY INSTEAD OF DISCUSSIONS ON YIELD AND PRICE IN HAZELNUT PRODUCTION

Press release…

During the 11-month period (1 September 2022-31 July 2023) of the 2022/2023 hazelnut export season, which started on 1 September 2022, hazelnut exports from Türkiye reached 284 thousand 216 tonnes and 1 billion 707 million 680 thousand dollars of foreign currency inflow was provided in return.

Mehmet Cirav, Chairman of the Hazelnut and Hazelnut Products Sector Committee of the Eastern Black Sea Exporters Association (DKİB), who made evaluations on the subject, said, “Exports were made to 120 countries from our country in the 11-month period and the first 3 countries with the most exports were Germany, Italy and France, which are our traditional export markets.”

Mehmet Cirav

Cirav also gave information about hazelnut exports on an annual basis; hazelnut exports made in the first 7 months of 2023 were 153 thousand 945 tonnes and that 968 million 333 thousand dollars of foreign currency inflow was provided in return.

Stating that the announcement of hazelnut prices before the harvest will relieve the producer, Cirav noted, “Instead of direct income support, the producer should be supported with a new support model and the burden of input costs increasing over one hundred percent should be alleviated.”

“It has become essential for the parties to realise that many countries of the world produce hazelnuts more efficiently than our country, to focus on garden maintenance and quality production in hazelnuts and to give more importance to sustainability instead of discussions focused on yield and price every year,” Cirav added.

Referring to the fact that the focus of the parties only on the harvest price discussions in a period when the production efficiency of competing countries is surging day by day is a situation that threatens the sustainability of our country’s hazelnut production, Cirav conclude, “We foresee partial stagnation and low orders in the new season due to the decrease in demand because of inflation pressure in all countries that currently import hazelnuts.”

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