Turkish Dried Apricots, Market Update, 12.04.2023
Exports rebound – Frost and disease damages bloom
Exports in March were 8,523 tons compared to 4,685 tons last month and 7,392 tons March last year
Year to date exports are 62,563 tons compared to 64,701 tons last year
Agrimax. Turkish apricot exports rebounded in March, with 8,523 tons exported compared to 4,685 tons in the previous month and 7,392 tons in March of last year. However, due to tight supply, it is expected that shipments may slow down somewhat for the remaining four months of the season. It is estimated that Turkey will close out the season between 75,000 and 80,000 tons, similar to the 2021 crop. Domestic consumption is estimated to be around 8,000 tons, resulting in limited carryover.
Unfortunately, the Turkish apricot industry was hit with frost damage from March 30th to April 1st during the height of the bloom. Although it is too early to quantify the extent of the damage, it is clear that harm has occurred. The bloom was already looking poor prior to the frost due to persistent rain throughout March, restricting pollination and accelerating the spread of Brown Blossom Rot (Monilya). Furthermore, many farmers were unable to purchase protective sprays as shops in Malatya were closed. Those who were able to obtain fungicides faced difficulties getting tractors into the orchards due to the rain.
As the situation continues to develop, we will closely monitor and report on any further developments.