Hazelnuts: shockingly low productivity

December 6, 2023 at 11:21 AM , Der AUDITOR
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ORDU. Stink bugs and low productivity spell bad news for Turkey’s hazelnut industry. Suppliers also highlight that much is at stake for exports.

Disastrous yields

While Turkey still accounted for 80-82% of global hazelnut production in the 1990s, this share has now decreased to 60-65% as the Hazelnut and Products Exporters Association (KIB) has recently stated. Issue is not only that other countries have stepped up production, but that yields in Turkey range nearly three to five times lower than in Chile or the USA and two to three times lower than in France, Spain or Italy. Orchards tend to be very old with some trees in their mid-fifties. Many, especially the younger generation, have also migrated to bigge

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