Turkey earned $1.44 billion by exporting 220,724 tons of hazelnut from last year’s September to February 2020, a regional trade union announced on Tuesday.

The country’s hazelnut exports rose 32.1% on quantity basis, and increased 51.6% on value basis during the first six months of the season, which starts in September and ends in August.

In the same period last year, revenues were $950.7 million, the Black Sea Hazelnut and Products Exporters’ Union reported.

With nearly 78% of total exports, the EU remained to be top destination for Turkey’s hazelnut exports.

Turkey is the largest hazelnut exporter globally.


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