Turkish Ornamental Plants and Cut Flowers Exporters Association Chairman İsmail Yilmaz informed the press: "The temperatures during fall were higher than usual and that’s why we had to harvest products earlier than expected. As a result, we did not have a lot of products left for the Christmas period in stock and our export figures for that period are lower than we had expected. However, the year of 2019 was a good year for Turkish cut flower exports as our growers were able to export 110 million USD worth of floriculture products which was a record high. Our export goal for 2020 is 125 million USD and I believe our growers will be able to reach this mark as well. Our growers are becoming more and more export-oriented with every passing year. Last year we had exported our flowers to 77 countries and this year this number has increased to 83 countries.
"We export flowers to all significant markets and the industry in our country is growing bigger every day as demonstrated by the increasing export figures. Carnation remains the top export product for our growers."
110 million USD export turnover represents a 10% increase compared to the previous year and the Netherlands remained at the top of the list for the most popular destination of Turkish cut flowers. The Netherlands was followed by Uzbekistan thanks to the many major construction projects undertaken by Turkish companies in this country which led to the exports of many plants from Turkey to be used in the landscaping of these projects. Other top export destinations for Turkish flowers and plants following these two countries were the United Kingdom, Germany, Romania, and Bulgaria.