Yenisehir, Bursa, a city located in northwestern Turkey, exports 800 trucks of peppers per year to Europe and to several other countries all over the world. Since it is the holiday season in Europe, consumption is down and export companies, struggling to find a solution, are asking for state support.
Harun Oran, Hatipoglu's export coordinator, said: "Long green peppers (sivri), medium-long green peppers (carliston), green bell pepper (dolma), kapya, red chilli and California bell peppers reach all over Europe. We export mainly to Germany, France, Austria, Sweden, Norway and Switzerland. European countries pay attention to quality. They increasingly demand high-quality products. Yenisehir only exports 800 trucks of peppers to Europe every year."
"Currently, pepper prices neither satisfy us nor the producer due to a production surplus. Besides, it is summer break in Europe and consumption dropped which caused a decrease in our prices. We ask the state to support exporters. The last state subsidy was given in 2016. Since then, there has been no subsidy. The state can support exporter companies by giving them 200 Turkish Lira (31.5 Euro) per ton." Oran added.