Export revenues nearly double
Acreage has mainly increased in the Aegean region and will continue to do so this year. Turkey also intends to improve yields and quality. According to the Aegean Grain, Pulses, Oil Seeds and Products Exporters' Association Turkey shipped poppy seeds worth USD 86 million overseas in 2018. This a sharp rise of 190% over the USD 29 million generated in 2017.
TMO acts as main buyer
At present, production largely depends on contracts with the TMO. The state-run organisation purchases poppy seeds for TRY 10 p