The quality and export price of dried apricots will be increased with a 3-stage plan
Apricots to be lenghtened while they are fresh and to be dried in tunnels, thus the quality will rise along with export prices.
While the average export price of apricots, one of Turkish traditional export products, have remained below 3 thousand dollars in the last 4 years, sector took action. The dried apricot sector aims to boost the quality and average export price of Turkish apricot products with a 3-stage plan.
In the first phase of the three-stage plan; In order to increase the quality and export price of dried apricots, the apricots produced in Malatya will be passed through the grading machine and apricots will be dried on bedsteads in tunnels.
In order to improve the quality of dried apricots, under the Directorate of Apricot Research Institute and Malatya Agriculture and Forestry Provincial Directorate, in cooperation with Ege University Faculty of Agriculture and Turgut Özal University Faculty of Agriculture; Aegean Dried Fruit and Products Exporters’ Association, Southeastern Anatolia Dried Fruit and Products Exporters’ Association, Istanbul Dried Fruit and Products Exporters’ Association and Malatya Commodity Exchange provide financial support for “The Project of Apricot Grading and Tunnel Drying to Improve the Quality of Dried Apricots.”
The project aims to sort the apricots lengthwise and dry them on bedsteads in tunnels. The project, which will be implemented in pilot regions, is also aimed to be expanded across the region through training activities.
In the second stage; An appointment will be requested from Ahmet Güldal, General Manager of Turkish Grain Board (TMO), for TMO entering the market as a market maker in dried apricots as well as raisins and dried figs.
Another development that will increase the quality of Turkish apricots; The construction of a 30 thousand square metre licensed warehouse with a capacity of 6 thousand tons, financed by the Fırat Development Agency, which was designed by the TOBB-TMO company, LİDAŞ, which is 12 million TL, has been completed. After the cases and shelves are placed in the dried apricot licensed warehouse where the cases and shelves have been tendered, it will be ready for quality storage of dried apricots.
Aegean Dried Fruit and Products Exporters’ Association Chairman Birol Celep noted that dried apricot is a prestigious product and also should be marketed like gold this year of which yield has been announced as 85 thousand 275 tons.
- TOBB – The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey