As the leader of the fresh fruit and vegetable sector, Mediterranean Exporters’ Associations (AKİB), which carries out coordinating and secretarial services in Turkiye, took action to eliminate the problems experienced in the export of oranges, fresh grapes, fresh peppers, tangerines, pomegranates and lemons due to drug residues or herbal diseases in recent months.
At the Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Sector Evaluation Meeting held in Hatay, one of the locomotive provinces of fresh fruit and vegetable exports, the dynamics of the sector revealed their determination to fully implement the actions and methods that will ensure success in reliable food production from farm to table.
‘Our producers should avoid unlicensed and under-the-counter pesticides’
Speaking at the opening of the meeting, AKİB Coordinator and Mediterranean Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters’ Association Chairman Nejdat Sin stated that Hatay, where agricultural activities continue for four seasons with its fertile lands and suitable climate, has a very important place in the production and export of fresh fruits and vegetables and this province has also provided 482 million dollars of support to the sector’s total exports of 3 billions dollars.
Noting that the main goal is to make the crops obtained in the agriculture and food sector healthy, reliable, efficient and continuous during the pandemic period, Nejdat Sin said, “The traceability of the production of all fruits and vegetables grown from the field to the table and the process should be revealed in a transparent way.”
“It is of great importance to produce crops free from pesticide residues in terms of creating safe food, clean environment and healthy society from farm to fork. The return of the products that are exported because of residue affects our country’s exports negatively. At this point, our producers need to avoid unlicensed and under-the-counter products in agricultural spraying,” Nejdat Sin added…