Turkey’s hazelnut production expected to decline in 2020

Turkey’s hazelnut production expected to decline in 2020


The fall in the production of hazelnuts in Turkey is mainly due to negative weather conditions, which were previously noted in the country.

Hazelnut production in Turkey in 2020 will decrease to 550 thousand tons, East-Fruit reports, citing data from the USDA FAS (Foreign Agricultural Service of the US Department of Agriculture). Compared to last year, the harvest will decline by 8%, and the drop in production is mainly due to negative weather conditions that were previously observed in the country.

Thus, in the beginning, farmers reported insufficient rainfall and pest problems, which were more significant than usual this year. Nevertheless, during the period of flowering and pollination, the weather conditions were quite favorable, as no special frosts or hail was recorded.

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The main problems began in the second half of August 2020, when torrential rains and storms began in Ordu province, where Turkey’s main hazelnut growers are concentrated, as well as in some neighboring provinces. In addition to the direct damage from the downpours and the hurricane that the plantations suffered under hazelnuts, the volume of the harvest also decreased due to the fact that some batches of the harvested products were literally washed into the sea by the flooding that began.

Note that the Turkish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in its forecasts announced a much higher level of hazelnut production. According to the local ministry, the harvest in 2020 could reach 665 thousand tons, but many industry associations in Turkey have already voiced their doubts about the figure.

As for other categories of nuts in the country, FAS USDA analysts for them also expect production growth in 2020. Thus, the walnut harvest in Turkey will grow by 3% to 67 thousand tons amid more favorable weather conditions and state support programs for the development of local production. Nevertheless, Turkey still remains dependent on imports of walnuts, and its volumes will be stable in the new season (within 83 thousand tons).

The almond harvest will also grow by 10% to 16.5 thousand tons, but in this segment, Turkey’s dependence on imported products is similar to the walnut market, and the volume of imports will decrease only slightly to indicators comparable with local production (16.5 thousand tons) …

Meanwhile, the country’s pistachio harvest in 2020 will reach a record 250,000 tonnes also due to good weather conditions and due to the cyclical nature of local production, when years with a bad harvest alternate with more successful ones.


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