The new production season is at full speed in Antalya, the city where most of Turkey’s cut flower growers are located. The cut flower production in Antalya, located in southwestern Turkey, starts from November until the month of May and the production area for cut flowers in the city is approximately 450 hectares. The first important day for the cut flower growers is already on the books with Teacher’s Day on November 24th. As many students prefer to give flowers to teachers, many growers make their first sizable sale of the season in the week before Teacher’s Day.
With the passing of Teacher’s Day, now Antalya growers have set their sights to European markets with the approach of the Christmas season. Turkey Cut Flowers Exporters Association Chairman Ismail Yilmaz noted that exports in 2019 have been on par with their expectations so far and Turkish growers have exported 92 million USD worth of cut flowers and ornamental plants as of November 22nd.
Ismail Yilmaz: “We expect to finish the year with an export figure of 110 million USD which would be 10 to 15% higher than last year’s export revenue. Our growers grow close to 100 varieties but our top export product remains carnations.”
Former Turkey Cut Flowers Exporters Association Chairman Osman Bagdatlioglu added that this year there will be bouquets available at supermarkets for Teacher’s Day and emphasized the importance of using domestic flowers instead of imported ones to lower Turkey’s cut flower imports.