The first harvested tomatoes of the season in the greenhouses of Antalya will go to the domestic market and the price will not fall below 0.55 USD/kg. The amount of tomatoes harvested will increase when the weather gets colder. Growers said tomato prices will rise as the weather cools.
Okan Basak, a tomato grower in an area of 16,000 hectares in Topalli district of Aksu, said he had his first harvest in his greenhouse and the collected produce would be sold in the country.
Basak said, “Today we are harvesting the first harvest of the year. Initially, we can get 1.5 tons of product per 1,000 square meters. We take the tomatoes we harvest to the market. The first harvests are sold on the domestic market. be sold in foreign markets in the next few days because the quality is a bit low in the first harvest. »
Stating that exports will increase with the onset of cold weather, Basak said: “We believe that demand will increase and prices will increase due to the Russian-Ukrainian war and the energy crisis in Europe. If we calculate the seedlings, fertilizers, pesticides, fuel and labor costs as a grower, the selling price of tomatoes should not be less than 0.55 USD/kg. During the season, we harvest 8-10 tons of tomatoes per 1000 square meters. Our goal is to harvest 160 tonnes of tomatoes from 1.6 hectares this season.”
Source: Kent 59