Turkey's cut flowers from Antalya, are exported to Europe and the Balkans every year. Even in the Netherlands which is considered the world center of the flower industry, Turkish flowers, especially carnations, are in high demand.
The ornamental and cut flower sector in Turkey achieved a 20% increase in exports in the first two months of the year. The troublesome process started due to the epidemic that started in March.
The industry has never stopped producing flowers whereas Spain and Italy, their biggest rivals, could not plant flowers due to the epidemic. Countries such as Kenya, Colombia, and Ecuador also experienced epidemic-related shipping problems had troubles in delivering their products to the markets.
The most important market of the sector, in European countries, especially the UK, and another important market in Bulgaria, epidemic measures have now come into play again. This situation impacted the sector negatively. The sector, which did not enjoy the expected increased activity in the domestic market on Teacher's Day, started to receive bad news from the pre-Christmas shipments in the foreign markets with the cancellations of orders due to the decline in demand in the Christmas season compared to the same period in the previous years.