Greek fruit, vegetable exports increased 25%
In terms of volume, these exports grew 37.8 percent. Incofruit-Hellas, in an analysis of the latest data released by Hellenic Statistical Authority, said it expected exports of fresh fruit and vegetables to surpass 1,500,000 tons this year, exceeding 2015.
George Polychronakis, special adviser to the Union said that exports of fresh fruit and vegetables grew 37.8 percent in volume to 450,544 tones in the first quarter of 2016, while value grew 25 percent to 241.226 million Euro.
Exports of vegetables rose 31.4 percent in volume to 66,976 tons and by 21.2 percent in value to 54.061 million Euro.
Exports of fresh fruit jumped 39 percent in volume to 383,568 tons and rose by 26.1 percent in value to 187.163 million Euro. Export of strawberries soared 161 percent, tangerines rose 85 percent and apples rose 27 percent in the January-March period, while exports of tomatoes rose 71.9 percent and cucumbers rose 11.7 percent.
Imports of vegetables fell by 13 percent in volume and 7.4 percent in value, while imports in fresh fruit rose 7.1 percent in volume and 12.2 percent in value in the first quarter. ■