Local growers expect boost to cherry exports to China
“A protocol between the two countries regarding cherry exports has taken effect, which removed obstacles before Turkish growers’ access to the Chinese market,” Turkish Ambassador to Beijing Abdülkadir Emin Önen told Anadolu Agency.
“The respective protocol was signed back in 2015 during the G20 summit held in the Turkish province of Antalya. All conditions in the protocol have been met,” Önen said.
In the first five months of this year, local growers raised some $82.4 million of revenue, exporting 30.6 tons of cherries.
Germany, Russia and Norway are the largest export market for Turkish cherry producers.
“Turkey delivered $84.4 million worth of cherries to Germany, followed by Russia with $31.4 million. Cherry exports to Norway stood at $8.4 million,” said Hakkı Bahar, the head of the Western Mediterranean Exporters Union (BAİB).
Halil Oymak, an agricultural engineer working at a cherry exporting company, said 90 percent of the company’s shipments are destined for European countries.
“The opening of the Chinese market to Turkish markets is … welcome news. Cherries picked from the field will arrive at the facilities within 30 minutes. They will be processed and be on their way to China on planes or ships the same day,” said Oymak.
“We can now export up to 80 percent of our products to China,” he added.