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MEHMET ALİ IŞIK: TURKIYE HAS 35 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN ORGANIC SECTOR

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Mehmet Ali Işık, Chairperson of the Aegean Dried Fruits and Products Exporters’ Association, said that the food needs of 8 billion people around the world are increasing day by day.

Mehmet Ali Işık

Işık said, “While the need for food worldwide soaring by 1.3 percent every year, there are billions of people who are chasing healthy and safe food. Today, the consumer awareness is surging day by day, the number of this mass is constantly rising. As a result of these searches, the journey of organic production and export began in the Aegean Region 35 years ago. Today, we have reached an export potential of 500 million dollars. 75% of this export is realized by the Aegean Region. There is a ground where we can grow in organic production and exports. We should use this. If we expand organic agriculture, we can also reduce the effects of global warming.”

Stating that organic production in Turkiye reached 1 million 123 thousand tonnes in total in 2020, Işık explained that the production area is 268 thousand hectares, 50 thousand tonnes of organic products are produced in İzmir province, 140 thousand tonnes in Manisa and 143 thousand tonnes in Aydın.

He added that in addition to organic product exports, Turkiye is also a strong player in production with the amount of 380 thousand tonnes.

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