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A Large Leap in Turkish Orange and Orange Juice Production

Daniel Cooper Crop Forecast, International

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Fresh orange and orange juice production in Turkey are both forecast to increase by considerable amounts, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA FAS) reported.

FRESH ORANGES

Fresh orange production in Turkey in 2023–24 is forecast to increase 31% to 1.73 million metric tons (MMT). The expected increase is due to favorable weather conditions in spring 2023. The yield increase is expected to be seen mostly with the Washington variety, which accounts for 70% of total orange production.

The majority of orange production in Turkey is in the province of Antalya. USDA FAS cited the Mediterranean fruit fly as a major concern for citrus growers because the pest causes quality and quantity losses.

Orange exports from Turkey in 2023–24 are expected to increase 39.7% to 246,000 metric tons (MT) when compared with the previous season. Russia, Iraq and Ukraine are the main Turkish orange export markets.

Orange imports in 2023–24 are expected to stagnate at 30,000 MT due to a surplus of domestic production. In 2022–23, Turkey imported 31,000 MT of oranges from the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

ORANGE JUICE

In 2023–24, orange juice production in Turkey is forecast at 12,100 MT due to increasing amounts of oranges sent to processing. That’s up from 9,240 MT in 2022–23. It is expected that 121,000 MT of oranges will be sent to processing in 2023–24, which is 30% more than the previous year.

Orange juice exports from Turkey are forecast at 5,000 MT for 2023–24, up from 4,078 MT in 2022–23. The 2022–23 exports went mainly to Germany, Italy and the Netherlands.

In 2023–24, orange juice imports are estimated to decrease to 1,800 MT. Turkey imported 2,018 MT of orange juice in 2022–23, mostly from Cyprus and Brazil.

See the full USDA FAS report on Turkish citrus here.

Source: USDA FAS

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