Pulses: sharp rise in exports

December 21, 2023 at 10:03 AM , Der AUDITOR
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MERSIN. Suppliers in Turkey may be worried about finance, but the export value for pulses has surged this year.

Finance remains big problem

Access to finance is still the most important problem for pulse suppliers in Turkey as the country’s economic situation remains strained. In fact, the annual inflation rate accelerated to 62% in November as the Turkish Statistical Institute (TURKSTAT) reports. Although the figure ranges slightly below market forecasts of 63%, it still surpasses October’s 61.4% and marks the highest level since December. Exchange rates are also crucial for exporters as the market may easily turn against them. The Turkish lira has, however, depreciated against the euro and US dollar in recent weeks.

Exports surge by 24%

Turkey is one of the world's top ten producers and exporters for lentils, chickpeas and dried beans. Exports amount to USD 11.6 billion for the pulse sector this year so far marking a sharp 24% increase on last year. While total pulse production ranged a 1.3 million mt in 2022 with red lentils accounting for 55%, dried peas for 37% and chickpeas for 5%, dried beans for 2% and other pulses for 1%, output has remained on a similar level this year. As much as 93% of all pulse shipments left from Mersin with Saudi Arabia, Israel and Iraq and Libya featuring as main destinations. Chickpeas account for the lion’s share in terms of volume and lentils generated the highest income of USD 312 million.

Pulse exports, Turkey



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01/01-16/12/23, TURKSTAT


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