Turkish Citrus Export Is Higher Than Pre-Crisis Level

Turkish Citrus Chairman Ali Kavak: “After Russia’s abolition of import restrictions, Turkish export of citrus to Russia became higher than pre-crisis level.

Chairman of Turkish Citrus Promotion Group and Mediterranean Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Exporters’ Association Ali Kavak expressed that citrus export to Russia is far higher than the period before crisis and added that abolition of import restrictions to vegetables are also vital subject to be considered both for the benefits of Russia and Turkey.

Kavak commented about latest period of citrus industry and stated that last 12 years of period there were revolutionary developments on the agricultural industry.

After referring latest breakthroughs in the industry, Kavak stated that Turkey is already exporting high quality products and continued: “Turkish agriculture industry is already renewed and modernized, we already are higher than the standards of both in quality and market penetration.

Kavak told: “After last year’s import restrictions of Russia, we focused equally to the other markets we already are working and speed up activities on those markets. As a result of related activities, we managed to compensate our loss in Russia with markets of Far East, Turkic Republics and Middle East.

A Sigh of Relief for Turkish Citrus Industry

Kavak reminded Russia’s importance for Turkish citrus industry and told: “After Russia’s abolition of import restrictions, Turkish export of citrus to Russia became higher than pre-crisis levels.”

Referring Turkish government’s efforts to abolition of restrictions, Kavak told: “Industry breathed a sigh of relief, that’s a great development as we were expected but still there are more restrictions on some vegetables and related products. Negotiations are proceeding on this issues on governmental level.”

Kavak finished his comments as: “In order to offer affordable fresh fruit and vegetables to Russian consumers all restrictions should be abolished. That will be best for the mutual benefit of both countries.”