Jun 27 2018

Turkey imports Syrian potatoes to curb skyrocketing food prices

Turkey has opened free trade in food staples from Syrian areas under Turkish control and imported 4,000 tons of potatoes after food prices shot up in recent weeks, Business HT reported.

The sharp rise in potato and onion prices in the run up to last Sunday’s elections sparked shock among many Turks – and led to a theory from one well-known social media commentator that the prices had been manipulated by foreign powers conspiring to influence the election’s outcome.

Turkish economy minister Nihat Zeybekçi announced that free trade on potatoes would be opened with Syrian areas under Turkish control on Wednesday, adding that imports from Syria would not exceed one percent of the amount needed by Turkish consumers.

Large areas of Syria are under the control of Turkey, which has launched two military operations across the border to combat fighters from the extremist jihadist Islamic State and Syrian-Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) since 2016.