Dried figs: new season and floods
Mundus-Agri: Subdued demand is weighing on the prices for the new crop in Turkey. Producers are far from happy with this. Floods have hit production in Iran.
Farmgate prices too low
Forecasted rain may impact drying in Aydin, Turkey's production hub for dried figs, in the next few days. Harvesting is in full swing, and fresh figs have already arrived in the market. As traders and exporters are, however, showing little interest in buying farmgate. Assessments have been completed, and officials will soon issue the production estimates for dried figs. Unofficial estimates range at 90,000 mt. The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has supplied producers with devices such as insect traps and nets to help to protect the fruits and prevent mold.
Exporters to set a date for a new season
The Aegean Exporters' Association will set the official date for the start of the export season in the next few days. Typically, the season starts in September or October. Weekly exports recently ranged a bit lower at 637 mt, whereas 741 mt of dried fig and related products were shipped overseas in the same week last year. Turkey has exported 64,064 mt this season so far, which is down on the 65,983 mt recorded in 2020/2021. Suppliers expect exports to reach nearly 70,000 mt this season.