The promotional committee for dried fruits started its first event in abroad by participating in the Turkish Export Products Exhibition held in Ashkhabad, Turkmenistan on 9th to 11th of February 2016. Have been in for the second time in the event, the chairman of the committee, Osman Oz expressed his satisfaction about the interest they have been shown by the visitors.
Turkey is among the leaders of exports and produce of dried fruits, including sultanas, dried figs, dried apricots and pistachios, in the world. Oz said, “Ozbek products have the largest share in Turkmenistan market, while their products are not top quality, far from to be compared with Turkish products. The largest shopping center was operated by a Turkish company. Shelves of it are full of Turkish origin produces. Our aim is to empower our presence in Turkmenistan market. In order to reach our target of 3 billion dollars in exports by the year 2023 we have to double our volume of exports. With this aim we seek new markets such as this market, out of European Union.”
Pistachio is the product that is exported most into Turkmenistan. 1.423 million dollars worth of pistachio was exported in 2015. Sultana raisins are second in the top exports in dried fruits category with 430 thousand dollars. 304 thousand dollars of apricots and 230 thousand dollars of figs are exported.
Turkish Economy Minister Mustafa Elitas, Deputy Minister of Turkmenistan Shamuhammet Durdulyyev, Turkish ambassador in Ashkhabed Mustafa Kapucu, president of DEIK Omer Cihat Vardan, deputy chairman of TIM Mustafa Cikrikcioglu have jointly started the event. Minister Elitas visited all booths of Turkish companies in the fair. Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammedov has expressed his eagerness to improve bilateral trade when we have visited himself.”
KMTG committee was represented in the event Nilufer Ornek, deputy expert from Aegean Exporters Union.