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Hazelnut producers in Turkey set $2 billion export target

Updated Aug 18, 2022
The producers aim to increase export revenues in hazelnut, which is an important source of income in the Black Sea region. While the hazelnut harvest, which started earlier this month, continues in the coastal and central areas, exporters are making their final preparations for the new season.
The Black Sea Hazelnut and Products Exporters’ Union (KFMİB) chair Hasan Osman Sabır said that they aim to export 320,000 tons of hazelnut in the 2022 season, which will start in September.“We are 100 percent exporter of hazelnuts, we do not have any imported inputs,” Sabır said. “We process and sell our product, which comes completely from the soil. As this income increases, it makes a positive contribution to the country’s foreign exchange balance. If we take the last 10 years as a basis, the net input made by hazelnut exports is more than the net input made by many large sectors. That’s why we know the value of our product.”Sabır noted that there are efforts to increase Türkiye’s hazelnut exports. “On the other hand, we are trying our best to create the necessary strategies and increase our exports even more,” he said.“The peak of our annual hazelnut exports was 343,500 tons. If we can achieve 320,000 tons this year, I will see it as a success for the 2022 season because there ...
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