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Hazelnuts: the pressure is on

March 9, 2023 at 11:02 AM , Der AUDITOR
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ORDU/ZAGATALA. As the first counts are underway speculations over this year’s hazelnut crop are rife in Turkey. Exporters have found themselves in a rather unusual position this season as demand is tricky and competition fierce. Suppliers in Azerbaijan may be issuing highly attractive offers but are also confronted with challenges.

No need to panic

According to some local suppliers the first flower counts have been highly discouraging. Trouble is that weather conditions are reportedly too good causing the shrubs to develop around three weeks ahead of normal in some places. Although these reports should not be entirely dismissed, they are part of the annual game of hit and miss, which is normal for this time of year as the prospects for the new crop take centre stage for prices along with the risk of frost, which lasts well into mid-April. Winter did indeed get off to a late start, but there ha

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