A New Record in Turkey's Agricultural Exports in the First 9 Months 

Turkey is among the leading exporting countries in the world in agricultural trade with its production potential. Turkey reached a record level by performing the best export of all time, with exports of 24.5 billion dollars in the first 9 months of 2022 in the field of agriculture.

Turkey increases the productivity obtained from agricultural products by closely following and applying technological developments and R&D studies in the field. Along with the normalization after Covid-19, Turkey has achieved significant success in the export of agricultural products.

According to the latest updated data shared by the Turkish Exporters Assembly, Turkey's exports increased by 17% in the January-September 2022 period. In addition, income from agricultural exports reached 188 billion 224 million dollars.

Record Exports in the Agriculture Sector in January-September 2022

Turkey is an agricultural country with fertile land and natural and high-quality agricultural products produced in Turkey are exported to countries around the world. Turkey, which continuously develops itself in the field of agriculture, is a country with production potential. In this respect, Turkey is a valuable country in agricultural trade in the world. According to the latest data, Turkey realized exports worth $24.5 billion in the first nine months of the year. Thus, Turkey realized the highest exports of all time in January-September in the agricultural sector.

Record Exports Realized in 5 Sub-Agricultural Sectors

In the first 9 months of 2022, some sectors reached a record level of exports in the agricultural group. These sectors are cereals, pulses, oilseeds and products, fruit and vegetable products, dried fruits and products, aquaculture and animal products, furniture, paper, and forest products.

Strategically Important Sector: Cereals, Pulses, Oilseeds, and Product

Cereals, pulses, oilseeds, and products constitute the basic nutritional foods of people. In this respect, they have an important strategic value for all countries. The importance of these products was understood once again, especially with the start of the Russia-Ukraine War and the difficulties in accessing basic foodstuffs. Turkey is a country that is self-sufficient in this sub-agricultural sector and can export to other countries. In the first 9 months of 2022, exports in this sector increased by 28.9%. In addition, exports of cereals, pulses, oilseeds, and products amounted to 8 billion 254 million dollars.

Fruit and Vegetable Products

Turkey has achieved a rapid acceleration in the export of fruit and vegetable products. In the January-September period of 2022, Turkey realized a record export of 1 billion 811 million dollars in fruit and vegetable products with an increase of 23.2% compared to the previous period. 

Leading Country for Dried Fruit Products

Turkey is one of the leading countries in the world in the export of dried fruit products. It is the country that produces and exports the most raisins, dried figs, and dried apricots in the world. An increase of 5.2% was observed in dried fruit products in the first 9 months of the year compared to the previous year. Also, Turkey realized 1 billion 82 million worth of exports in this sub-sector.

2023 Target in Aquatic and Animal Products is 4.2 billion dollars

In the January-September period of 2022, exports of aquatic products and animal products increased by 28.2% compared to the previous period. Also, Turkey exported 3 billion 51 million dollars of this sub-sector. Turkey has achieved significant success in the export of this sub-sector. Aquatic products are exported to 62 countries, especially to the UK, Italy, and the Netherlands. Besides, the export target set for this sub-sector for 2023 is 4.2 billion dollars.

Furniture Paper and Forestry Products

The last sub-sector in which Turkey realized a record level of exports is furniture, paper, and forestry products. In the first nine months of 2022, exports in this sector increased by 25.2%. Foreign exchange income from furniture, paper, and forestry products exported from Turkey to countries around the world is 6 billion 220 million dollars.

Most Demands Came from Iraq in Record-Breaking Sectors

Iraq was the country with the highest demand in sub-sectors that broke records in agricultural exports. Iraq realized 1.7 billion dollars worth of imports in cereals, pulses, oilseeds, and products. In addition, Turkey exported fruit and vegetable products to Iraq for 287.6 million dollars and also aquatic and animal products worth 575.4 million dollars. Finally, Turkey exported $728 million worth of furniture, paper and forestry products to Iraq.

Exports to Iraq increased by 56.3% in cereals, pulses, oilseeds, and products, 98.3% in fruit and vegetable products, 49.2% in aquatic and animal products, and 7.1% in furniture, paper, and forest products. Besides, dried fruits, and products worth 138.8 million dollars were exported to Germany, an important trade partner for Turkey.