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Işınsu Kestelli: With the OASIS project, we want to get more added value out of the olive industry

Press release…

Great Success from the Innovative and Sustainable Clustering in Olive Value Chain Project (OASIS)…

The OASIS Project was one of the two projects entitled to be financed under the European Agri-Food Sustainability Cluster Partnerships call under the Single Market Programme (SMP COSME).

Işınsu Kestelli

Işınsu Kestelli, Chairwoman of the Izmir Commodity Exchange, stated that they continue to stand by every step and every work that will develop the producer and the sector in the field of agriculture for 132 years and ‘The olive and olive oil sector’ is of great importance for Turkish economy and foreign trade.

“However, we know that it has a much greater potential compared to its current contribution and that we can obtain much more added value from this sector. In addition to increasing the number of olive trees, yield and quality, in parallel with this, ramping up the competitiveness of the sector in the world market are the most vital issues. With this project, we set out with the aim of surging added value in production by strengthening our Small and Medium Size Enterprises (SMEs) in the sector, establishing a strong supply chain network and building a more competitive market place,” she said.

Underlining that today, not only products but also supply chains and value chains compete, she added, “Countries that achieve success in the governance of these chains become stronger in the market. For this reason, effective policy recommendations must be developed and implemented for the olive and olive oil sector in the medium and long term.”

The objectives of the project…

The overall objective of the OASIS project is to create a more sustainable and competitive European agri-food sector, with a particular focus on strengthening small and medium-sized enterprises.

The project aims to build resilience to climate change and external factors by training olive sector SMEs in sustainable practices, promoting cooperation along the supply chain and supporting resource-efficient technologies.

The project target group consists of 50 SMEs from each country, totalling 150 SMEs operating in the field of olive growing…

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