The first cherry harvest of 2024 in Turkey, the world leader in cherry production

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Published Apr 14, 2024

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Turkey, renowned as the world's leading cherry producer, has initiated its 2024 cherry harvest in the Şehzadeler district of Manisa, starting a week earlier than the previous year due to an early spring. The district is home to 2.4 million of the nation's 22 million cherry trees. The season's first cherry was sold for a symbolic 2 thousand TL, highlighting the significance of the event. With a production of 725 thousand tons, Turkey is aiming to surpass its previous export records by targeting 100 thousand tons of cherries for export, which is expected to generate 250 million dollars in revenue. The country is also looking to expand its export markets, including efforts to begin exporting to China, as it seeks to enhance its position among the leading cherry exporters globally. In 2023, Turkey achieved 215 million dollars in cherry exports, with Germany, the Russian Federation, and Austria being the primary importers.
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In Turkey, the world leader in cherry production, the first cherry harvest of 2024 was made a week earlier than in 2023, with the early arrival of spring. The first cherry harvest of the Northern Hemisphere was held in the Şehzadeler district of Manisa, which is home to 2.4 million of the 22 million cherry trees in Turkey. The first cherry harvested was sold at auction for a symbolic 2 thousand TL. Stating that the cherry trees in Manisa Şehzadeler had a very good blooming period, Aegean Exporters' Association Coordinator Vice President and Aegean Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters Association President Hayrettin Ucak said that the cherry trees bore fruit a week ago to break the export record in 2024, and that the 725 thousand tons of cherry harvest is 90 years old. He noted that they aim to export 100 thousand tons of it and bring 250 million dollars of foreign currency to Turkey annually. Underlining that Manisa and Izmir are early cherry producing regions, Akşam said, "In ...
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