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Press release…

Ayvalık (Türkiye’s western province Balıkesir’s district) Mayor Mesut Ergin celebrated the ‘World Olive Tree Day’ of everyone who earns their bread from this sector in Ayvalık region and throughout the country.

Every year, 26 November has been recognized as “World Olive Tree Day” by UNESCO in order to protect the olive tree and to promote the values of peace, reason and harmony it symbolizes.

This year, on the 26th of November, World Olive Tree Day, the first olive saplings of the Population Exchange Olive Grove met with the soil as part of the commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Population Exchange.

Mayor Ergin said, “I would like to thank the Ayvalık City Council Cretan Association, Tema Foundation Ayvalık Branch, who contributed to the formation of such a valuable souvenir olive grove.”
Mayor Mesut Ergin also said that olive trees have always existed in these lands and will always exist.

“Olive and olive oil are considered as national cultural crops in Türkiye. Olive oils in the North Aegean Region have a different importance both at home and abroad. Ayvalık Olive Oil was the first and only olive oil to be included in the top 20 among hundreds of products that applied to be registered by the European Union,” he added.

“The world’s best quality and delicious olive oil is produced in Ayvalık. Olive is of special importance in Ayvalık. Ayvalık means olives and olive oil. For this reason, World Olive Tree Day is very valuable for this region. Happy World Olive Tree Day,” he conluded…

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