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TURKEY’S CHICKPEA EXPORTS REACH 77.7 MILLION DOLLARS…

Turkey’s chickpea exports reached 77.7 million dollars last year.

Export of chickpeas which are used in many products from roasted ones to hummus has reached 77.7 million dollars, approximately 4.6 times over its imports.

According to compilation made from Turkey Statistical Institute (TURKSTAT) data, thanks to increased production in chickpea, the country has become a net exporter.

Chickpeas were exported worth 322 million 908 thousand dollars in the last 5 years. Last year, chickpea exports increased by 2 percent compared to the previous year and reached 77 million 671 thousand dollars. While approximately 134 thousand tonnes of chickpeas were exported to 121 countries, the most export was made to Pakistan with 14 million 643 thousand dollars. This country was followed by Italy and Germany.

Imports of chickpeas amounted to 318 million 831 thousand dollars in the last 5 years. In 2020, imports increased by 32.9 percent compared to the previous year and reached 16 million 893 thousand dollars. While chickpeas were imported from Mexico for 9 million 792 thousand dollars, this country was followed by India with 2 million 803 thousand dollars.

A total foreign trade volume of 641 million 739 thousand dollars has occurred in chickpeas in 5 years. Chickpea exports amounted to about 4.6 times over imports last year, with 77.7 million dollars. Considering the last 9 years, it was noteworthy that chickpea exports exceeded imports as of 2019.

Most chickpea production is in Ankara region…

Approximately 2 million 815 thousand tonnes of dry chickpeas have been produced in the last 5 years. Last year, 93 thousand 476 tonnes of 630 thousand tonnes of chickpeas were grown in Ankara. Yozgat province with 86 thousand 417 tonnes and Kırşehir province with 77 thousand 687 tonnes followed the capital city Ankara with the highest production.

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