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Hazelnuts: Ministry estimate labelled as scam

July 20, 2023 at 11:23 AM , Der AUDITOR
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ORDU. Turkey’s Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has issued a very conservative estimate for this year’s hazelnut production. While the ministry is keen to defend its figures, exporters have labelled it a scam.

Unrealistic expectations

On Monday, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry forecast Turkey’s hazelnut production at 717,931 mt. This falls a remarkable 90,000 mt short of the estimate over 810,000 mt issued by the Black Sea Exporters Association at the International Nut and Dried Fruit Council Congress in May. While Ministry representatives are keen to argue that the large discrepancy is due to their count being coordinated with various institutions, exporters point out that the Ministry’s forecast always ranges around 10% lower than the INC estimate a

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