Union of Turkish Agricultural Chambers (TZOB) Chairman Şemsi Bayraktar said: “Our producers, who have had a difficult production period due to the effect of natural disasters, expect a price that they can get their labour.”
Stating that the extreme heat occurred in May caused a problem in fertilization and negatively affected the fruit set, Bayraktar noted, “With the insufficient rainfall during the growth period, wrinkling occurred in the table olives that were not irrigated.”
Bayraktar emphasized, “The addition of quality losses to the yield loss has increased the unit costs, especially our table olive producers are victimized.”
“In this difficult process, we expect Marmarabirlik (Union of olive associations) to be with our producers more than ever and to announce the price to compensate the loss of our producers,” Bayraktar added.
Bayraktar finally made the following assessment: “All the debts of our producers who suffered from natural disasters to Ziraat Bank and Agricultural Credit Cooperatives (TTKKB) should be postponed. Subsidy support for table olives should be increased, the input burden on our producers should be reduced. Diseases and pests also should be struggled effectively.”