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Turkish grain and legume sectors grow with consistency

Agean Grain, Legume, Oily Seeds and Products Exporters Association Chairman Moiz Hemsi mentions that, Turkey Agean Region sector lower levels ended 2016  with increase of export

Moiz Hemsi considering grain, legume, oily seed says that although Agean Region being not the best productive region in Turkey ended the year with specific increase in production and export. Agean Grain, Legume, Oily Seeds and Products Exporters Association Chairman Hemsi, says there were improvements in 2016 freight charge support, green passport for exporters, and solutions for container weighing problems.

How do you evaluate grain, legume, oily seeds and products 2016 export performance and 2017 targets?

In the previous period there were important developments in our sector.  Although it was a tough year for our country it is pleasing to see our exporters with effort and good performance. In 2016 Agean grain, legume, oily seed and products export was around 374 million. Our sector had 6,3 billion dollars export from Turkey in general. Turkey export increase in value was 4% but the increase in our region was 31% in 2016. When we consider by numbers; oily seeds by 61%, spices by 43%, legumes by 38 and vegetable oil by 26% was a significant increase. In this period, freight charge support, green passport for exporters, and solutions for container weighing problems ended up with important results.

What should be done to increase this level?

Our sector showed a successful performance in general. However our potential is much more so we should have short and long term new targets. Especially we should move on in export of value added products.  I think in the last period we should work more about Agriculture 4.0 and we should use advantages of technology. We try to follow improvements worldwide.

What point are we at about difficulty of opium export?

Starting from 2016, opium seeds which have a significant share in our export, cannot be exported to India, which is the largest market because of problems about their import license procedures.  Ministry of Economy, New Delhi Commercial Counsellor, and Association Board of Directors are working on the subject. This is an important problem and needs effort for solution.

What are your intentions to find new markets, export and publicity?

In my opinion Turkey has no lack of publicity. Considering all the sectors and our sector, we participate in fairs worldwide and work on increasing Turkish food recognition. During the last period we had some publicity done based on our target market and consumer habits in Japan and Asia.

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