Russia’s military occupation in Ukraine also negatively affected the fresh fruit and vegetable sector.
Vegetable and fruit exporters’ associations are waiting for help from the authorities so that their lorries, which are on the Ukrainian border, can safely return to the country.
Saffet Kalyoncu, Chairman of the Board of the Eastern Black Sea Exporters’ Association (DKİB), said, “There are vital risks. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs needs to open the border in consultation with the authorities of the Belarusian Embassy. The lorries need to return to Turkey via an alternative route through Belarus.”
Eastern Black Sea Exporters’ Association Chairman Saffet Kalyoncu told Anadolu Agency (AA) that exporters have problems in their receivables due to the excessive depreciation of the ruble against the dollar and euro in Russia, which ranks first in the region’s foreign sales.