As Turkey is implementing new measures to battle the coronavirus, it has closed down its borders to Iraq and Iran. This has negatively impacted some of Turkey’s fresh produce exports; however, exports from Antalya to Russia still continue at full speed.
There are no supply problems of fresh produce in the domestic market and the price of tomato is in the 0.50 USD per kg range, which is slightly below last year’s prices. Due to cold weather, green pepper and cucumber are harvested a bit later than usual, which bumped up their prices a bit. The supply of green pepper and cucumber is expected to increase within the next week or so, which will push down the prices to normal levels.
The fruit and vegetable wholesale halls across Turkey have all implemented new measures to ensure food safety against the Covid-19 virus, and all the employees at these fruit halls work with special gloves and masks while using disinfectants and hand sanitizers on a regular basis.
Source: Once Vatan