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The ban on the export of fresh tomatoes has been lifted…

The export ban on fresh tomato exports on 3 March 2023 was lifted after 3 days upon a justified objection from the sector. The tomato and tomato-derived products sector, the export champion of the fresh fruit, vegetable and fruit and vegetable products sectors, welcomed the decision that paved the way for an export of 1 billion dollars.

Underlining that the tomato industry has achieved 980 million dollars of exports in 2022, of which 377 million dollars is fresh tomatoes, the Aegean Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters’ Association (EYMSİB) Board of Directors stated that Türkiye’s total exports of 5.5 billion dollars in 2022 by the fresh fruit, vegetable and fruit and vegetable products sectors. It was also announced that 18 of them were obtained from tomatoes and tomato-derived products and the abolition of this prohibition decision relieved both producers, exporters and consumers in the long run.

In the written statement EYMSİB underscored that the foreign exchange amount to be obtained from fresh tomatoes, tomato paste, dried tomatoes, peeled tomatoes, tomato paste, frozen tomatoes, tomato sauces, ketchup and tomato juice is expected to exceed 1 billion dollars in 2023, therefore it is necessary to think long-term while developing policies related to agricultural products.

“Türkiye is one of the leading countries in the world with an annual tomato production of 13-14 million tonnes. Half of the produced tomatoes are for fresh table consumption and the other half is produced by industrial tomatoes. Our fresh tomato export is at the level of 550-600 thousand tonnes. In other words, 3.5 percent of the total production and 7-8 percent of table type tomatoes are exported. Tomatoes produced by Türkiye are sufficient for both domestic market, export and fruit and vegetable products sector. The sector will continue to produce and export with all its strength. It has the duty of regulator in export agricultural products. When you disable the regulation duty of exports, there will be a movement that will break all the links in the chain.”

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