Turkey seeks to be self-sufficient in banana production by 2023
Turkey seeks to be self-sufficient in banana production by 2023 Banana production in Turkey is expected to reach a level sufficient to meet all domestic demand by 2023, according to the country’s largest banana growers.
Ahmed Sherif Ghumosh, head of the Anamur farming room, told Anatolia that the number of greenhouses is constantly increasing in the region every year, as consumers show greater preference for locally grown bananas due to their high quality and flavor.
Anamur is located in the state of Mersin in southern Turkey, and is the largest banana producing region in the country, accounting for about 40% of the country’s banana consumption.
Gumus said that Turkey currently produced 80% of its annual consumption of bananas of 800,000 tons.
Production levels have risen rapidly from 13% to 80% in the last two decades as a result of restrictions on the country’s import of fruit.
Gumusch added that banana growers expect annual production to reach a record 700,000 tonnes this year due to the expanded area of cultivation.
He also indicated that farmers are planning to increase their production to 900,000 tons and could start exporting Turkish bananas in the coming years once domestic demand is met.