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Corona – Turkish fruit farmers are hoping for a pomegranate boom

Pomegranates are considered a "miracle weapon for the immune system, heart and blood vessels" – especially in times of a pandemic. For the German market, the pomegranates come from the Mediterranean region, mainly from Spain and Turkey. The main season is between September and December. Pomegranates from Turkey can be bought until early February.

Hayrettin Uçak, President of the Association of Western Turkey Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters:

"This year there has been a significant increase in the export unit price. We are pleased about that. The yield fell last year due to the cold during the flowering period of the trees. We hope that 2022 will be a better year in terms of yield."

Despite the fall in harvest, exports rose by almost 20% to almost 180,000 tons last year. New plantations are emerging in the west of the country, near Izmir, where 4 out of 10 Turkish pomegranates come from.

DELIVERY TO RUSSIA STOPPED

A fly in the ointment: In December, the Russian "Rospoptrebnadzor" (government watchdog for consumer rights) stopped 10,000 tons of Turkish pomegranates at the border because traces of banned pesticides were found in fruit.

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