Malatya Commodity Exchange Chairman Ramazan Özcan stated that the foreign currency input obtained from the dried apricot export in 2020 made him happy.
Expressing that they thought dried apricot exports might be affected negatively with the spread of the new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) in the world last year, Özcan said, “Our worries and concerns were actually somewhat unfounded, we exported over 90 thousand tonnes and we provided 266 million dollars of input to the country’s economy.”
Özcan stated that they exported 11 thousand 39 tonnes of dried apricots to the USA, one of the most important dried apricot buyers, from Malatya province in the previous year.
Özcan said, “We provided 31 million 95 thousand dollars of input in 2019, however 12 thousand 335 tonnes were exported to the same country resulting in an income of 38 million 186 million dollars in 2020.”
Indicating that they want to continue to increase exports to this country in 2021, Özcan added, “The USA, one of the most important dried apricot buyers, has increased its imports by 1300 tonnes compared to the previous year. This 1300-tonne increase provided an additional income of 7 million dollars to our country. Our target for this year is to export 15 thousand tonnes to the USA.”