World Bulletin / News Desk
Cold weather in the south of Turkey has damaged banana crops, causing their prices to drop to TL 1 per kilogram, while lemon prices have bottomed out with a price of TL 0.10 per lemon.
Heavy rains and below-average seasonal weather in Alanya have negatively affected banana producers. Due to the cold weather bananas started to split open, forcing the producers to harvest early to avoid further damage. Known as the “food of rich men,” banana prices have dropped to as low as TL 1 per kilogram due to damage and early harvesting.
Alanya Banana Producers Union Chairman Hüseyin Güney mentioned that 50 percent of all bananas in Alanya are produced in open areas and therefore are negatively affected by the cold weather. “We expect that in 10 to 15 days the weather will return to normal. Until then, there is nothing we can do,” he said.
Güney underlined that every year banana producers face some difficulties due to weather and added that producers should watch weather forecasts. “If they are able to, they should cover their crops. If not, there are agricultural loans they can use to finance covering their products. I have 10 acres of covered land where I produce bananas. Not even one banana has burst,” Güney noted.
Separately, lemon prices in Turkey also dropped due to the cold weather's effects on quality of the produce. In Çukurova, near the southeastern province of Adana, lemon prices decreased from TL 1 each to TL 0.10.
A producer from Çukurova said the state is not supporting them. “We need suitable storage facilities to keep our produce long term and to protect it from the cold weather. The quality of our lemons is decreasing due to these issues. We cannot compete with Argentina and other countries,” the farmer said.
Out of Turkey's 1 million tons of lemon production, 750,000 tons are produced around the provinces of Mersin and Adana.