The prices of local garlic and imported garlic in Turkey have surprisingly become so close to each other.
Local garlic costs 9 TL while the imported one costs 10 TL.
It is reported from Antalya, which is the central growth area of garlic in Turkey, that growers can’t make money this year because of a disease infecting garlic.
Because garlic producers couldn’t earn a satisfying amount of money last year, and the price was too low, garlic planting isn’t sufficient this year. Besides, blight and mildew have appeared on the crop.
The yearly amount of crop is normally around 20 tons while it is around 10 tons this year, which leads to high price. While the price of first class garlic was 3TL last year, it is 7TL or more this year.
There is a good news for next year despite this. It is said that Turkey will not need to import garlic next year as garlic will be grown in various regions of country. One of these regions is the Southeast of Turkey and the amount of garlic to be harvested just from this area next year is expected to be around 20 tons.
Another reason of this expected improvement in Turkey’s garlic production is the change in garlic seeds, which increases the production by 100%. According to a further explanation, Turkey will also become a garlic exporter in a few years thanks to these changes.
I definitely feel happy to hear this news as garlic is one of my favorite ingredients I can’t live without. No need to mention its benefits for health.