The export ban imposed in December 2020 due to tomato brown fruit wrinkle virus, tomato spotted wilt virus and pepino mosaic virus in the export of fresh tomatoes and peppers from Antalya and İzmir provinces to Russia has been lifted. The sector also wants the quota on tomato exports to Russia to be removed.
The Russian Agricultural Products Inspection Agency (Rosselhoznadzor) had decided to ban the export of tomatoes and peppers from Antalya and İzmir to Russia in December 2020 due to the presence of tomato brown fruit wrinkle virus, tomato spotted wilt virus and pepino mosaic virus.
Expressing that the ban decision was lifted after the guarantee given by the General Directorate of Food and Control of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry regarding Turkish exporters, Aegean Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters’ Association Chairperson Hayrettin Uçak noted that the export of tomatoes and peppers from İzmir and Antalya regions to the Russian Federation will resume on condition that the analysis is provided.
Reminding that as the Aegean Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters’ Association, they implemented the project called “We Know the Pesticides We Use” this year, Uçak said, “We conduct analyzes by taking samples from the production areas for many crops including fresh tomatoes and peppers. We determine our roadmap for pesticides and residues and we take our precautions. In other words, we do our own homework.”
“Izmir and Antalya are the centres of tomato and pepper production. We exported 85 million dollars from Turkey to Russia in 2020, of which 62 million dollars was fresh tomatoes and 23 million dollars was pepper. After this decision, we believe that we will be able to reach 100 million dollars in tomato and pepper exports from Turkey to Russia,” Uçak added.