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Tunisia: decline in fruit exports (GIF)

Tunisia’s fruit exports have posted a decrease from the beginning of the year until September 1 compared to the previous year with only 23,100 tons worth 39.3 million dinars against 34, 900 tons worth 52.1 million dinars in the same period in 2014.

According to Director General of the Inter Fruit Group (GIF), Mohamed Ali Jendoubi, the decline is explained by the fruit ripening delay and falling Algerian imports of Tunisian fruit unlike previous seasons.

Concerning Tunisian fruit importing countries, they include Libya, first customer with 12,900 tons (including watermelon, nearly 3,000 tons), followed by France with 4,200 tons of imported fruits and Italy 3,200 tons, while Algeria imported only 563 tons of Tunisian fruit.

Regarding production, Jendoubi stressed that watermelon is in first place in export sales with 10,000 tons, followed by peaches with 4,000 tons of sales, with 2,900 tons melon, plums with only 792 tons and 778 tons of grapes exported.

Source: TAP


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