13th Olive Harvest Days take off in Ayvalık in Turkey’s northwest
BALIKESİR – Doğan News Agency
“We want to help raise olive oil consumption in our country. Our latest olive oil produce will undoubtedly help Ayvalık olive oil to reach a much broader spectrum of consumers around the world,” said Ayvalık Chamber of Commerce head İbrahim Kantarcı.
This year’s event promotes world-renowned Turkish olives with the slogan “Olive oil: A national value, a global objective.”
Some panelists said they saw olive oil as “the crude oil of the future,” while others drew attention to pricing policies that the producers have to follow at a time when production is growing. Around three million tons of olive oil is produced annually.
In 2016, Ayvalık was accepted into UNESCO’s temporary list and now the objective is to remain there, Gençer added.
On a value-basis, Turkey exported olive oil worth $152.6 million, with a 266 percent year-on-year increase.