Dried fruit sector,which is one the first export sectors; with advanced production technology, being the world leader in dried apricots, dried figs and seedless raisins has a significant position for agricultural products export. Production based on all local input, our sector brings 100% added value and foreign currency plus with more than 100 thousand producer families and provides employment for 10 thousand of people in hundred thousand of facilities.
Changes in weather condition have affect on dried fruit harvest amount and quality which leads to change of export amount seasonaly. When we consider production amount for main 3 products of dried fruit sector; dried apricots, dried figs and seedless raisins, 2016/17 seedless raisins harvest 313 thousand tons, dried figs harvest 72 thousand tons, dried apricots harvest 103 thousand tons approximately. Other important export products are pistachio, pine nut, roasted chickpeas, almond and walnut.
As of 2016 dried fruit export is 1.3 billion dollars and as of first 4 months of 2017 dried fruit export is 403 million dollars.
Our 2023 vision is to get ahead of the competitors by sustainable growth of export. In addition to the conventional buyer markets China, Russia, India, USA, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brazil are new target markets. Publicity activities have started in target markets; in 2015 in Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou cities in China and in 2016 in South Korea events have taken place.
Agean Dried Fruits and Products Exporters Associations was established in 1939, more than 400 active members who are responsible from 2/3 of dried fruits export of Turkey. In addition to this, Aegean Exporters Associations is the venerable and active member of international organizations like INC, FRUCOM, IFOAM and International Seedless Grape Producing Countries Conference