Turkey has dismissed claims that it has only 15 days of sunflower seed oil in stock.
With supplies hit by the Russian-Ukrainian war, the country’s Agriculture and Forestry minister has had to make a public statement to calm speculation.
Minister Vahit Kirisçi turned to twitter to issue a denial over claims that Turkey does not have enough of the food stables, including sunflower oil, in reserve.
He said: “Sunflower production in our country has increased significantly in the past years and total output grew 17 per cent in 2021 from the previous year.”
The concern was raised after consumers noticed a diminishing supply of cooking oils on supermarket shelves.
The Turkish government has even sent out teams of municipal police in some provinces to visit supermarkets to ensure they were not holding back supplies of sunflower oil in their warehouses in a bid to hike up prices on the shelves.
The minister did admit that despite the local output increase, Turkey’s imports of sunflower oil had increased during the Covid pandemic.
He said his ministry was closely watching world developments related to the conflict and was taking all possible measures to prevent the possibility of supply problems.
Mr Kirisci said the export of sunflower seed oil from Turkey had been halted and the country was actively seeking alternative suppliers and oils to import.
“Thus, level of stocks has been managed in a manner to meet domestic consumption. Moreover, the precipitation will have a positive impact on local production,” he said.
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