Medicinal and aromatic plants continue to spread in İzmir region. One of the projects of the Provincial Directorate of Agriculture and Forestry in this area is “The Miracle of Oregano (Thyme) from the Mountains to the Field”.
Oregano seedlings, which were given with a 75% grant, met with the soil in the project carried out in Kemalpaşa district. İzmir Provincial Director of Agriculture and Forestry Mustafa Özen met with the producers during planting. Drawing attention to the importance of medicinal and aromatic plants, Özen said: “32 kinds of medicinal and aromatic plants are grown on an area of 1300 decares in İzmir. We are carrying out projects for the dissemination of these plants, which are less selective in terms of soil and are resistant to drought.”
Expressing that these plants are important especially for the cultivation of uneven lands, Özen explained, “It is necessary to bring the idle lands into agriculture and to offer alternative crops to the producers. The oregano plant does not have a market problem in this region. Input costs are low and added value is high.”
“As it is known, it is not only used in the spice industry. It can also turn into products such as essential oil and oregano juice. We hope that the oregano we plant here today will become widespread in the region and an additional income will be provided to our producers,” he added.
The project is financed by the General Directorate of Plant Production of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.