Animosity between Turkey and Russia has led to a massive reduction in the number of Russian tourists visiting Turkey. This has had a knock-on effect on the North Cyprus dairy industry.
According to Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis, after the Russian crisis and the suicide bomb attack in the Sultanahmet area, tourist reservations in Turkey have fallen, reducing the demand for TRNC dairy products for Turkish tourist areas.
The newspaper writes that 50% of the milk produced in North Cyprus was targeted for the Turkish market and as a result, tons of milk remain unwanted.
Speaking to the paper, the chairman of the stockmen’s union, Mustafa Darbaz, stated that 50-60 tons of milk produced remains unsold due to the tourism crisis which is ongoing in Turkey and added that the TRNC is now facing a lot of problems regarding exports to Turkey because of these issues.