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Ramazan Özcan: Malatya apricot prices double red meat!

The price of Malatya apricot doubled the price of red meat in the free market and reached one thousand TL!

Stating that there is a partial increase in dried apricot prices, Malatya Commodity Exchange (MTB) President Ramazan Özcan said that there is a very serious difference in market prices after the raw material prices and operating expenses come together.

Ramazan Özcan

“While farmers in Malatya province, where 85 percent of the world’s dried apricot production takes place, started preparations for the new season. Dried apricots, which find buyers between 180 and 200 TL per kilogram in the region, doubled meat prices in the free market and reached one thousand TL,” he said.

“The consumer is in a difficult situation”

Pointing out that the situation puts the consumer rather than the producer in difficulty, Malatya Commodity Exchange (MTB) President Ramazan Özcan explained, “For a long time, the gap between the sales prices of the producer’s product in the field to the intermediary institutions and the sales prices in the markets has been discussed in the country. This situation harms both the consumer and the producer. It is true that there is a partial price increase in dried apricot prices. There is a 20 percent price increase since August until today. When we look at the prices in the markets, we see that there is a very serious difference after the raw material prices and operating expenses are brought together.”

Indicating that production costs are added to the price at which the producer transfers the product to intermediary institutions and operating expenses and sales are realised in the markets at almost three times the price, he concluded, “This leaves the consumer in a difficult situation. Therefore, the consumer cannot buy the product at these prices. We are in a very serious difficult situation in the dried fruit group.”

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