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Organic farming prospers in project village in W Turkey

İZMİR – Anatolia News Agency | 8/1/2010 12:00:00 AM |

Karacaağaç village in the Buca district of the Aegean province of İzmir is looking to become the center of a new organic farming project.

Hoping to enhance its organic farming capacity, Karacaağaç village in the Buca district of the Aegean province of İzmir is looking to become the center of a new organic farming project, according to İzmir Mercantile Exchange’s chairman.

The project aims to convert the village into the center of a new organic farming project, İzmir Mercantile Exchange Chairman Işınsu Kestelli said at the opening meeting Thursday.  

Buca Mayor Ercan Tatı, also speaking at the opening, said they started organic farming in the villages of the district 10 years ago and have been producing licensed organic olive oil for almost five years.

He said they wanted to enlarge their product spectrum to grapes, figs, cotton and the like.

The goal was to aim at global publicity for the products produced in Buca, Tatı said, adding that they had already had visitors from Europe in their village.

Ege University Faculty of Agriculture Dean and Professor Akın Olgun, meanwhile, said the old mentality of “the more you produce, the more you sell” was changing as newly emerging conscious consumers had effected the decline of the old habit of using more fertilizers and hormones to increase the amount of crops.

 “At this point, it is extremely important to maintain a rapid transition to implementation of organic farming, which, if not maintained, will surely be at the expense of severely negative consequences on national farming,” he said.

Olgun said the project aimed at setting an example with Karacaağaç and, to that end, eight institutions had joined forces, including the İzmir Provincial Directorate of Agriculture, Ege University Faculty of Agriculture, Ege Agricultural Research Institute, Association for Ecological Agriculture Organization, Buca Municipality and the District Governor’s Office.

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