Eastern Black Sea Exporters Union (DKİB) Vice Chairman of the Board Ahmet Hamdi Gürdoğan said that tea was sold to 98 countries, autonomous and free zones in 4 months from the country.
Gürdoğan stated that in January-April 2023, 11 million 365 thousand 591 dollars were obtained from 2 thousand 323 tons of tea exports.
Stating that 8 million 192 thousand 169 dollars were earned from the export of 2 thousand 458 tons of tea from the country in the same period of last year, Gürdoğan continued his words as follows:
“Our tea exports increased by 39 percent in value compared to the same period of the previous year. Belgium, the USA and the United Kingdom became the 3 countries with the highest export volume. This period was 4 million 765 thousand 324 to Belgium, 1 million 934 thousand 866 to the USA and the United Kingdom. Tea for 953 thousand 309 dollars was exported to Turkey.
Noting that the variety of countries increased in parallel with the increase in exports, Gürdoğan stated that tea was also sold to Slovakia, Mexico, Spain, Italy, Gabon, Panama, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Portugal, Angola, Gambia, Togo and Rwanda during this period.
Noting that tea exports started the year well, Gürdoğan noted that he believes the export of the said product will increase even more in the coming days.
Emphasizing that the diversity of tourists coming to the region, whose volume is increasing day by day, contributed greatly to this increase, Gürdoğan said, “The development of new innovative products by our companies and the orientation of each country to product production according to consumer habits is a very important factor for export growth. Ensuring sustainability for tea, which is the green gold of the regional economy. It is also very important.” he said.
Drawing attention to climate change for this, Gürdoğan added that the relevant Ministries should work on climate changes that are predicted to reach a global threat, and that the use of chemical fertilizers for tea plants should be banned and research and development activities should be given importance to increase yield per unit.