More than 1000 tons of bananas in Anamur were badly effected by southwest wind, which has lead to a fall in banana prices.
Anamur is a small city located on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. It is the most popular region in Turkey where banana is grown. Anamur banana is smaller than bananas imported from other countries, and it has a much better flavor with its strong smell.
It is reported that banana producers in Anamur are having difficult times due to the southwest wind which stroke the city some time ago. The chairman of Banana Growers Association, Niyazi Sinanoglu explained that greenhouses where bananas are grown must be ventilated daily. He said “The southwest wind unfortunately entered most of these greenhouses through ventilating windows and this caused humidity problem and chapped banana skins, which means an apperantly lower quality as a result.”
Banana prices before the southwest wind was about 1,2 TL per kilo while it has fallen to 50 kurus (less than the half of former price) due to quality loss. Sinanoglu said that this has doubled the problems of producers.
The chairman declared that not to damage their fame, they haven’t been selling these bananas to marketeers who will resell them to consumers since the southwest wind effect. They have been selling their products only to food companies.
He highlighted that authorities must support banana producers to solve this problem.