Posted by: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Fruit exports grew by 70% in value, from January 2nd to June 7th, 2018, reaching 31.5 Million Dinars (MD), against 18.5 MD, during the same period of the last season, announced Monday the Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries.

The quantities of fruit exported increased by 40% with 9,296 tonnes compared to 6,630 tonnes in the same period of the previous season, and apricots rank first with the export of over 3,360 thousand tonnes worth of 11.6 MD.

The Ministry of Agriculture explained this increase by the development of exports to the Libyan market. As a result, the quantities of fruit exported to Libya increased by 113% in quantities (4,000 tonnes) and by 300% in value at 7.9 million dinars (MD).

During this season, Tunisia has exported 2,407 tonnes of peaches and 895 tonnes of apricots to Libya.

Similarly, exports of fruit to the Italian market increased by 48.7% in quantities to 2,536 tonnes and 123.4% in value of 4.3 MD.

The ministry recalled that it has developed its strategy of prospecting new markets, such as Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands.