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Dried mulberries: harvest has begun

July 10, 2023 at 4:41 PM , Der AUDITOR
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IZMIR. As expected, the start of the Turkish mulberry season is delayed by several weeks this year; cool temperatures had affected the development of the fruit. Prices are significantly higher than last year.

Late season start

As feared by Turkish growers, the cool and rainy weather in the growing areas has caused the start of the season to be delayed by a month. While the season usually starts on 15 June, this year it is scheduled for 15 July. The poor weather conditions had caused the fruit to develop more slowly than usual, and the colour and quality of this year’s mulberries also suffered. The yield is estimated to be similar to 2022, when 72,892 mt of mulberries were harvested.

Prices massively increased

Commodity prices are currently around TRY 100/kg, up from TRY 40/kg in 2022. However, market experts forecast that there will be further significant price increases in the near future, especially for high-quality mulberries. Increased production costs are also driving prices up further. Export prices were recently at a level of EUR 4.80/kg FOB Turkey, but exporters are now waiting until the harvest is completed before submitting price offers for the new crop.

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