Turkey is the world's number one producer of hazelnuts, cherries, figs, apricots, quinces, and poppies, according to official Agriculture and Forestry Ministry data.
Turkey has reaped the largest agricultural income in the EU for the last decade, and is among the top countries in the world, said the data, as analyzed by Anadolu Agency.
Turkey's exports of fresh fruits and vegetables in the first quarter of the year reached $774.5 million, the head of a sectoral association said on April 13.
Nejdat Sin, head of the Mediterranean Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Exporters' Association, said in a statement that exports by the sector had increased by 22% compared to the same period last year.
Turkey exported 65,620 tons of dried apricots, produced in the eastern Malatya province, to 105 countries in the last eight months.
A $216 million revenue was generated from the exports of dried apricots which will contribute to both the country's economy and producers, said Ramazan Özcan, the head of the Malatya Commodity Exchange.
With nearly 250 billion euro per year, the growing consumption of fruits and vegetables brings many opportunities and impetus for changes around the entire world. Expected to continue rising, the trend is mainly based on the non-traditional foods like nuts and berries. The international trade of only avocados and blueberries has been grown fivefold over the past 10 years.