In the citrus sector, which brought 2021 million dollars of foreign currency to Turkey in 935, preparations for the new season continue at full speed to pass the 2022 billion dollars threshold in 1.
Expressing that they will work for a "golden year" in citrus, Aegean Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters' Association President Hayrettin Aircraft said, "We are making an effort to ensure that our producer's hard work pays off. We will increasingly support our producers through our Provincial Directorates of Agriculture and Forestry for the export of our citrus products with high quality and added value.”
2 thousand 500 Mediterranean fruit fly traps to Muğla
The world-famous Köyceğiz orange, which has a geographical indication, will be protected from the Mediterranean Fruit Fly pest thanks to the 2 Mediterranean Fruit Fly Traps donated by the Aegean Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters' Association to the Muğla Provincial Directorate of Agriculture and Forestry.
A ceremony was held in Muğla's Köyceğiz District Hamitköy District for the distribution of traps that prevent the formation of Mediterranean fruit flies in citrus and peach products, which earn Turkey approximately 1 billion 100 million dollars in foreign currency.
Stating that Turkey's best quality oranges are produced in Antalya Finike and Muğla Köyceğiz, Aegean Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters' Association President Hayrettin Uçar, Mugla Provincial Director of Agriculture and Forestry Barış Saylak and his team are working very harmoniously with his team, to increase the quality of agricultural products produced in Muğla. stated that their cooperation will continue to increase.
“Orange, Lemon and Pomegranate production is very prominent in Muğla,” said Aircraft, and said, “We are very happy that the Koycegiz orange has received a geographical indication. Very conscious production is carried out in Köyceğiz. We have very hardworking producers. Our support to our producers will continue in the future as well," he said.
Emphasizing that they went through a very difficult process for 2 years during the pandemic period, Uçar added that the Manufacturers, Public and exporters worked day and night in this process and continued production and exports uninterruptedly.
Underlining that Muğla has a rich product variety in terms of agricultural production, Muğla Agriculture and Forestry Provincial Director Barış Saylak said that the work they started in 2021 with the work of Muğla Governorship, Provincial Directorate of Agriculture and Forestry, Köyceğiz Municipality, Köyceğiz Chamber of Agriculture and related NGOs. He stated that they won a geographical indication for the Köyceğiz orange by finalizing it in 24.
Explaining that they have established a waste collection system at 13 points in 456 districts for the wastes of pesticides used in agricultural spraying in Muğla, Saylak said, “We dispose of our wastes in streams without mixing with nature. We need to increase biological and biotechnical control methods for our children to consume healthy foods.
Producer associations should be established
Pointing out that the Russia-Ukraine war caused abnormal increases in input costs after the pandemic, Saylak continued his words as follows; “Oil prices have come from $43 a barrel to $114-118 a barrel today. There are similar increases in fertilizers, pesticides and other inputs. If our producers from Ula, Dalaman, Köyceğiz come together under the umbrella of the Sakaraltı Producer Association, they can make joint purchases and market their products together. Our Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry provides all kinds of support. Input costs decrease, and being able to act jointly in biological and biotechnical control methods leads to successful results.”
Muğla Agriculture and Forestry Provincial Director Barış Saylak, Aegean Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters' Association President Hayrettin Plane, Köyceğiz Deputy Mayor Metin Yerlikaya, MHP District President Mehmet Zafer Türkmen, EYMSİB Board Member Kenan Unat attended the Mediterranean Fruit Fly Trap distribution ceremony in Muğla Köyceğiz Hamitköy. , Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Committee Chairman Makbule Çiftçi, headmen and producers attended.
Producer Turgut Özdemir; “I benefited 500 percent”
Speaking at the ceremony, producer Turgut Özdemir stated that he used the Mediterranean Fruit Fly trap in his gardens, and that he provided five hundred percent benefit, and that he got rid of the cost of medicine as well as protecting his garden from disease. Özdemir said, “I recommend all our farmers to use the Mediterranean fruit fly trap. I expect our state to increase its support," he said.
Hamitköy Neighborhood Headman Ramazan Çelik thanked the Aegean Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters' Association for donating Mediterranean fruit fly traps to citrus producers. Çelik underlined that this support is very valuable for the producers.
Tangerine export leader
Turkey exported 2021 million dollars of citrus, 935 million dollars of peaches and nectarines in 170. While tangerine became the export leader among citrus products with 453 million dollars, lemon exports were recorded as 293 million dollars. While Turkey earned 106 million dollars foreign exchange income from orange exports, grapefruit brought Turkey 82 million dollars foreign currency.