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RAISIN EXPORTERS WANT SUSTAINED COOPERATION WITH TMO…

Press release…

Turkish raisin sector, ranking the first in the world, demand a sustained cooperation with Turkish Grain Board (TMO) as they did in the last 3 three years.

The Raisin Board, operating under the Aegean Dried Fruits and Products Exporters’ Association, came together to determine the road map of the upcoming 2020-21 season.

Stating that the prices of raisins increased by 550-600 dollars per ton after TMO intervened in the raisins sector, Aegean Dried Fruits and Products Exporters’ Association Chairman Birol Celep said, “We would like to see the support of TMO in 2020-21 season in order not to go back from the point reached.”

Expressing their request to the Agriculture and Forestry Deputy Minister Fatih Metin during the meeting held by Turkish Exporters’ Assembly (TIM) that TMO should takes place in raisin, dry figs and dry apricots industry , Celep explained, “Our Deputy Minister Fatih Metin told us that TMO took the initiative in order to regulate the market in the past years and this year it will also take initiative especially in the Aegean Region, primarily in figs and raisins. Our businessmen who export more than 90 percent of the raisins participated in the Raisin Board have reached a consensus on the continuation of our collaboration with TMO.”

Underlining the necessity of a price policy that will gain both the support of the producer and the trust of the end consumer in raisins, Birol Celep noted, “In order to increase the product quality of raisins, to prevent the diseases and harmful organisms (pests), Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry recently banned 16 pesticides.”

“We will continue to cooperate with the Provincial Directorates of Agriculture and Forestry, Chambers of Agriculture and Commodity Exchanges in the coming period in order to increase the product quality,” Celep concluded…

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