According to the Malatya Provincial Food, Agriculture and Livestock Directorate, the production was estimated 142,260 Metric Tons in 2017/2018 season. This means the production increased by 38% in respect to previous season. World consumption was estimated as 226,260 metric tons by 30% increase.
Due to the cold weather conditions in the region, the fruits were smaller and sweetening were lessened. Around 60% of the crop was estimated to be suitable for exportation. This leads a price increase in big sizes as number 1 and 2 since there is a lack of availability.
Source: Aegean Exporters Association and INC.