Gold production in Turkey broke a record in 2019 to reach its highest level in the history of the Turkish Republic, according to a statement by Turkish Gold Miners Association (AMD) on Thursday.

Turkey first started producing gold in 2001 when output was 1.4 tonnes. That level climbed steadily to reach a then record high of 33.5 tonnes in 2013 when 7,500 people were employed in the country’s gold production sector.

Gold output in Turkey fell from 2014 through 2017, but climbed to 27.1 tonnes in 2018 and increased by around 40% from that year to reach 38 tonnes

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