Turkish cut flower exporters had set the target for 2020 as 125 million USD after surpassing the 100 million USD threshold for the first time in its history. However, the coronavirus outbreak put a stop to these plans and cut flower exports of Turkey dropped significantly in the last 2 months which were supposed to be the high-season for cut flowers.
However, cut flower growers who are mostly located in Antalya, have set their eyes on Spain and Italy. Turkish cut flower exporters had lost their market position in the Russian market after the political crisis between the two countries in 2016. In recent years, Turkish exporters were mostly selling their products, which were mainly carnations and gerbera, to the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Germany, Ukraine and Romania.
Now with the flower and plant production coming almost to a full-stop in Italy and Spain due to the coronavirus, Turkish exporters are now exploring the possibilities of sending their products to these markets.
Source: Akdeniz Telgraf