Producers expect olive surge despite previous challenges

Türkiye's olive producers, who faced significant challenges last year with low yield and olive oil prices surpassing 300 Turkish Liras ($9), are optimistic about the upcoming season.

The Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) forecasts a remarkable 90.8 percent increase in olive production.

Experts in Türkiye's olive-growing regions predict yields will exceed last year's by at least 50 percent, provided that there are no extreme climatic disruptions.

Mustafa Tan, head of the National Olive and Olive Oil Council, anticipates a "year of abundance" for olives, signaling a positive outlook despite potential localized issues.

"Agriculture is like an open factory," Tan said. "If the temperature rises to 50 degrees Celsius, negativities may occur."

Regional agricultural leaders echo this optimism. Manisa Akhisar Chamber of Agriculture Head Ahmet Akbuğa highlighted the favorable temperature increases, forecasting a substantial yield boost.

If conditions remain stable, the region could produce 300,000 tons this year, compared to 130,000 tons last year.

Heads of Bursa Mudanya and Aydın Nazilli chambers of agriculture both report better fruit conditions this season and expect more than a 50 percent yield increase.

Meanwhile, Ali Yılmaz Diker, Balıkesir Edremit chamber head, emphasized the ideal flower time in their region, resulting in a promising crop outlook. Despite high costs, he stressed the importance of supporting producers to maintain strong export performance.

Wholesale olive oil prices in the Aegean province of Manisa are currently between 200-250 liras per liter, with an observed price drop to 180 liras following the lifting of an export ban.

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