Turkish floriculture industry has benefitted from the interruption in the production in Spain and Italy which pushed the demand to Turkish growers. The Turkish floriculture sector, which did not interrupt flower production, has earned an export revenue of 90 million USD. The sector, which closed 2019 with 107 million USD in export revenue, expects to catch up with the last year at the end of 2020.
Central Anatolian Ornamental Plants and Cut Flowers Exporters' Association President Ismail Yilmaz: "We had started the year 2020 very fast and with great growth in exports however we were hit very hard with the pandemic in March and the spring months went by with a 40% for all the growers. However, with the demand picking up in our export markets in Europe and due to the decline in supply coming from Italy and Spain due to the pandemic, we were able to recoup our losses. Right now we are only 4% behind last year's numbers and we will be able to catch the 2019 figure at the end of this year."