TURKISH HAZELNUT MARKET
“Powdery mildew” in hazelnuts: Chamber of commerce in Altinordu, Metin Akyurek, said that it is very likely there would be loss in 2015 hazelnut crop since it is affected by “powdery mildew” disease that is white, powdery spreading patches of fungus on upper or lower leaf surfaces, flowers and fruit. Akyurek said that cold and rainy weather as well as high level of humidity during past one moth in Black sea region fastened the progress of this disease. According to Turan Karadeniz from Agricultural Department of University of Ordu, farmers should apply relevant chemicals in order to fight with the disease as soon as possible. Hazelnut crop matures gradually; this disease may cause immature nuts falling as well as post-harvest problems. Plant Protection Central Research Institute and General Directorate of Agricultural Research in Ankara also courage farmers to take the necessary steps to fight with the disease. (Source: hurriyet.com.tr)
Fluctuations in hazelnut prices at local level continue this week. Turkish hazelnut prices edge upwards in lira terms. On the other hand, Turkish lira is 4% weaker against the US dollar following this weekend’s election results that is not allowing forming a single-party government.
As the month of May, the 2014 season of exported hazelnut kernels the total amount of reached 177.923,0 MT and $2.247.066.906- Last year at this time the amount of exported hazelnut kernels were 214.815,3 MT and $1.550.339.178 (Source: iib.org.tr)