May 11, 2021 4:38 PM
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Dried apricots: virtually no demand

MALATYA. Due to Ramadan, demand on the apricot market has dropped massively in recent weeks. However, things look promising for the new crop.
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Dried apricots: curious shift in prices
MALATYA. As raw dried apricot supplies are nearly sold out prices have taken a rather curious turn in the export market. Turkey is still to issue official production estimates and speculations are rife as to when this will happen. Harvesting has, meanwhile, started.
6/15/21
Sultanas: buyers demand lower prices
MANISA. Traders in Turkey report that overseas buyers demand lower sultana prices - without success so far. The TMO's intentions remain unclear with rumours running wild. Although exports have picked up in recent weeks, the total volumes exported this season so far still fall well short on last year.
6/15/21
Dried figs: rain to prevent drought
AYDIN. Rain has finally been forecast in Aydin, which will certainly benefit the fig trees after weeks of extremely dry weather conditions. Farmers now hope that this will prevent a drought, which would be extremely damaging to production. Prices have, in addition, shifted.
6/15/21
Dried figs: prices are simply too high
TEHRAN. After disaster struck last year when the pandemic brought trading to a near standstill dried fig exports have bounced back in Iran. Traders are, however, not quite satisfied. Issue is that prices are simply too high. The Ministry of Agriculture has also issued new production data.
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Raisins: exports more than double
TEHRAN. Iran exported 14,376 mt of raisins between 20 March and 20 April, meaning that the volumes shipped have more than doubled on April 2020 when the pandemic first struck. Traders report that international demand has certainly bounced back. With exports kicking in the market is now, however, confronted with another challenge.
6/10/21
Prunes: supply bottlenecks seem inevitable
SANTIAGO. As the crops in the main growing countries are all smaller than hoped for this season, traders are desperately looking for alternative options. However, these come at a high price.
6/9/21
Dried figs: encouraging export figures
AYDIN. Total exports since the beginning of the season have now almost reached the level of last year. However, the situation becomes difficult for traders as there are hardly any goods from the old crop available and it is still too early to provide information on the new crop.
6/8/21
Dried apricots: prices increase significantly
MALATYA. As there are almost no more goods available on the market, the prices for Turkish dried apricots are rising noticeably. In the meantime, the sale of the first fresh apricots of the new crop has started.
6/8/21
Sultanas: TMO intervention remains uncertain
MANISA. Sultana traders in Turkey will be forced to adapt to the market situation sooner rather than later. Issue is that production prospects are highly encouraging and that the state still holds large carry-over stocks. The market can at best speculate on when exactly the TMO will intervene.
6/8/21
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Harvest dates
Next harvest dates for Apricots
Country
Start of harvest
Turkey
7/1/21
Syrian Arab Republic
7/1/21
United Kingdom
7/1/21
Iran
7/10/21
Afghanistan
7/15/21
India
10/1/21
Australia
11/1/21
South Africa
11/15/21
Argentina
12/1/21
Chile
4/1/22
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Crop sizes

Crop sizes for Apricots
Country
Year
Crop size
Turkey
2019
846,606 mt
Uzbekistan
2019
536,544 mt
Iran
2019
329,638 mt
Italy
2019
272,990 mt
Algeria
2019
209,204 mt
Spain
2019
145,830 mt
France
2019
134,800 mt
Afghanistan
2019
129,363 mt
Greece
2019
118,340 mt
Marokko
2019
109,795 mt
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