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Following a meeting of the Turkish Exporters Union for dried figs, the first shipment date for the exports of Turkish dried figs has been set at September 26.
First new season shipments of Turkish sultanas and raisins are expected to take place in the next two to three weeks.
The Minister of Agriculture in Turkey has made its official estimate for the 2019 raisin and sultana crop at 300,000 tonnes. This figure is a little less than had been expected and some packers still believe that the total crop may exceed 310,000-320,000 tonnes.
Our correspondent in Izmir, Turkey reports that, following a recent visit to the various fig growing regions surrounding Izmir, the quality of this year’s crop of Turkish figs is excellent.
A source in Izmir, Turkey advises that exports of Turkish sultanas and raisins up until August 3 2019 have reached 241,131 tonnes at an average fob price of USD2,035 per tonne. This compares with 262,588 tonnes at an average price of USD1,614/tonne tonne for the same period last year.
The start of the month of August is always greeted with enthusiasm by the farmers and growers throughout the Mediterranean dried fruit growing areas.