Veysel Memiş, Chairman of the Mediterranean Cereals, Pulses, Oilseeds and Products Exporters’ Association (AHBİB), said that there is a fruitful season in the production of chickpeas and red lentils in Türkiye and that quotas and restrictions on the export of these products should be removed.
Emphasizing that the sector more than meets the domestic needs and that the increased amount from production should be utilized in international markets, AHBİB President Veysel Memiş said, “We expect a 30 percent spike in yield in chickpeas and red lentils in the new season compared to last year.”
“High yield make our farmers smile”
Stating that the harvest season has started in the southeastern provinces and the shipment of chickpeas and red lentils to the factories in the region, especially in Mersin province, has accelerated, Veysel Memiş explained, “Türkiye is one of the most important chickpea producers of the world and a yield of 580 thousand tonnes is expected this season, according to TUIK’s (Turkish Statistical Institute) estimates. For red lentils, the yield is estimated at 400 thousand tonnes. Chickpea harvesting already started in Adıyaman province and in Araban district of Gaziantep province. In addition, in the Central Anatolia region, harvest will begin in 15 days. There is a large planting and a yield hike of up to 30 percent. We are having a very productive season. Our farmers are smiling with the high yield.”
“We expect the quota for chickpeas to be lifted and the export of red lentils to be paved.”
Stating that there is a quota application in chickpea exports and that exports can be made within the scope of the Inward Processing Regime (DIR) for red lentils, Memiş pointed out that Türkiye has a crop performance above its domestic consumption, considering the stocks of factories with high processing capacity in Mersin region.
“We want to earn more foreign currency for our country by exporting our products that exceed the domestic needs and to have quality Turkish products in the world cuisines much more. For this, the quota for chickpeas should be abolished and the export of red lentils should be paved. We are in talks with the officials of both the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and the Ministry of Commerce on this issue. We are pleased with the positive attitude of the Ministry officials. We expect the obstacles in the export of chickpeas and red lentils to be removed soon,” he added…