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Belarus becomes top tomato importer from Antalya

Staff Writer |
Antalya, Turkey’s leading tomato producer, made $88.3 million from tomato exports to 46 countries in the first 7.5 months of the year, according to data compiled by Anadolu Agency on August 22.

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Belarus became the top importer of the province’s tomatoes with $20.3 million in the mentioned period, followed by Romania with $18.9 million, and Bulgaria with $9.5 million.

Antalya’s tomato exports to Belarus saw a 36.7 percent year-on-year increase.

Tomato exports to Germany, Macedonia, Lithuania, and the Netherlands also rose in the mentioned period.

Antalya’s tomato farmers exported their products to Italy, Dubai, Belgium, and Qatar for the first time in a bid to diversify their markets after losing Russia, their former top market.

Ties between Ankara and Moscow have since largely normalized after the jet crisis but the Russian ban on Turkey’s tomatoes still remains in place.

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