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“We aim to export more cherries to China”

Press release…

Contacts continue for the start of exports to China

Hayrettin Uçak, Head of the Aegean Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters’ Association (EYMSİB), stated that the most important markets of Turkish cherries are Germany and the Russian Federation.

“Our cherries are very popular in countries such as India, Singapore and Hong Kong and we have the potential to ramp up our exports to these countries. One of the markets where Turkish cherries can make great progress is China. With the ‘We Know the Pesticides We Use Project’ and the ‘Mediterranean Fruit Fly Free Cherry Production Project’, we strive for Türkiye to produce and export quality cherries without residues,” he said.

Pointing out that in order to export to markets such as China and India, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry continues its contacts for a phytosanitary certificate agreement, he explained, “With these steps, we aim to expand Türkiye’s share in export markets. One of our priorities is for Türkiye to achieve sustainable growth in world cherry exports and utilise its potential. Chile produces 10 per cent of the world’s cherries and exports 30 per cent. Türkiye, on the other hand, can produce 30 per cent and export 10 per cent. We are trying to eliminate this paradox. I wish the cherry season to be a fruitful, auspicious and abundant export year for our producers, exporters and our country.”

Germany, the leader of cherry exports

Highlighting that Türkiye will export 215 million dollars worth of cherries in 2023, while Germany ranked at the top with a demand of 95.5 million dollars worth of Turkish cherries, he added, “The Russian Federation, our country’s leading market in fresh fruit and vegetable exports, became the top partner with a demand of 43.8 million dollars of Turkish cherries in 2023. Austria ranked third in cherry exports with a demand of 14.2 million dollars. While Türkiye exported cherries to 55 countries in 2023, other countries in the top 10 were Italy, Norway, the Netherlands, Iraq, Poland, Bulgaria and the UK.”

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