The Kibbutz Industries Association's exports to Turkey grew by 12% in the first quarter of 2011 – reaching $28 million, compared to $25 million in the first quarter of 2010, according to Amos Shalev, head of KIA's export department.
The report points to an ongoing trend that began in 2010, during which KIA exported products worth $70 million to Turkey – a 25% rise compared to 2009.
According to Shalev, the exported products include sophisticated irrigation systems, which are very popular among Turkish farmers, food and plastics.
KIA Chairman Yonatan Bassi noted that "the positive export figures in spite of the political tensions prove that both sides feel a real desire and need to tighten the trade relations."
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