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Technology and hazelnuts, a love affair?

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We, as Turkish people, are very proud of our hazelnuts. We are the biggest producers and we believe we produce the best quality. At least that’s what I thought up until yesterday.

First, let’s examine what we earn from hazelnuts. According to state-run Anadolu Agency, last year Turkey earned revenues worth nearly $2 billion from nut exports, quoting Edip Sevinç, the head of the Black Sea Hazelnut and Products Exporters’ Association, as saying. Sevinç said last year Turkish exporters earned $1.98 billion from 227,556 tons of hazelnut exports, mainly to Italy, France and Germany, which have robust food industries to process the nuts.

As the value of the Turkish Lira recently dropped sharply against the U.S. dollar, making Turkish goods much cheaper for customers abroad, Turkey’s revenues from hazelnut exports fell since the previous year, though the export volume did not show a substantial change. Sevinç said the Turkish hazelnut industry earned around $2.83........

© Hürriyet Daily News