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Turkey’s pine nut exports have increased by 68 percent in the last 5 years.

İZMİR (İGFA) – Pine nut, which has lost yield due to the insect problem and climate change that has not been solved for 10 years, draws a positive graphic in the last period.

Pine nut exports, which decreased to 25 million dollars in 2017, increased by 68 percent in the last 5 years.

Aegean Dried Fruits and Products Exporters’ Association Leader Mehmet Ali Işık said that pine nut exports increased by 68 percent in the last 5 years and reached 42 million dollars in 2021.

Stating that pine nuts were exported to 34 countries, especially Italy, with 29 million dollars in 2021, Lider Işık said, “Germany ranked second with 9 million dollars with an increase of 72 percent, and the United Arab Emirates ranked third with 2 million dollars with an increase of 458 percent. Exports to EU countries in bulk. “In the last period, Middle Eastern countries are also in the middle of our emerging markets. In the January-May period of 2022, we exported 6 million 662 thousand dollars of pine nuts. We export 113 tons of pine nuts on the basis of size. This year, we aim to export 50 million dollars in pine nuts.”

Underlining that Turkey is a valuable pine nut producer in the world, Işık explained that 16 villages on the Kozak Plateau in Bergama provide their livelihood from here.

Emphasizing that Menderes, Aydın-Koçarlı-Mazon, Çine Topçam, Bozdoğan-Altıntaş, Muğla-Katrancı Village, Manisa-Gördes are also valuable production center regions, Işık stated that they have suffered a significant loss of yield due to the long-standing insect problem and climate change. About 10 years ago, for example, we were exporting up to 2 thousand tons in 2010. When we look at it, our exports are in the band of 661 tons as of 2021. There is a 3 percent decrease in our exports on the basis of size compared to 2020. We must bring the yield to an obvious level. We must create new production areas,” he said.

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