The weather has made harvesting pomegranates in some Turkish regions more difficult. The season already started about two weeks later than normal, but harvesting has been more challenging due to the rainy weather. Volumes and quality seem to be on a satisfactory level though, so one exporter is looking forward to a good season.
In the 2019/2020 season, the Turkish National Citrus Council saw export volumes rise by nine percent to 645,000 tons. A player that has decent amounts available is the Dutch company, Taneks Europe. This company is a joint venture between Taneks Tarim from Adana, Turkey, and Fruitfactor B.V. in Barendrecht, the Netherlands.
US oranges and South African mandarins have seen harvest increases compared to the previous season of 1% and 8% respectively. Argentinian and Turkish oranges, on the other hand, both saw declines in the harvest of 10%. Demand has been increasing as more customers, especially in Europe and North America, are purchasing products high in Vitamin C.
A heavy cold front hit Turkey with snow and temperatures dropping to -15°C in some parts of the country. Fruit and vegetable crops were affected, particularly citrus groves in the Adana region, the leading citrus fruit producer in Turkey, boasting around 30 thousand hectares destined to the cultivation of oranges, lemons, and tangerines.
"Two serious viral diseases are affecting Turkey's citrus cultivation and threatening all the Mediterranean countries". This was reported by Antonino Catara, former president of the International Organisation of Citrus Virologists. "One of the two diseases - continued the scientist - is the Citrus Chlorotic Dwarf CCD, which mainly affects lemon and grapefruit plants, but also marginally mandarin and clementine plants.
The Adana Farmers' Union announced that farmers in the southern cities of Adana, Mersin and Hatay don't expect to have a good citrus season this year. The association's chairman Mutlu Dogru shared the results of garden inspections in the area and said that this year, especially in lemon and orange varieties, the yields are expected to decrease by 70% compared to last season.
Three thousand hectares of agricultural land in the southern Turkish city of Mersin were flooded due to excessive rainfall. The Seyhan River was already high because of the water let off from the Seyhan Dam. With the excessive rainfall, both the highway connecting Adana to Tuzla neighborhood and the fields in Mersin's Tarsus district were flooded.
Turkey has released new figures on the nation’s 2018 crop production. The Turkstat Institute has cleared numbers showing that cereals and other crops, and vegetable production in general decreased when compared to the year before. While the production of cereals and vegetables dropped with 5.8% and 2.6% respectively, there was a small growth in the production of fruits, beverages and spices (0.8%) in 2018.
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