Suggestion to bring olive mill wastewater and olive pomace to the economy!
It has been reported that the vegetation water emerging in the 2021-2022 olive harvest season, which started in Edremit Bay, one of the leading olive production centres of Turkey, can be converted into economic added value.
Balıkesir University Edremit Vocational School Olive Growing and Olive Processing Technology Department Lecturer Dr. Mücahit Kıvrak, in his statement, said that the vegetation water and pomace of olives should not be left to nature in Edremit region.
Stating that animal feed can be obtained by making compost from olive vegetation water and olive pomace, Dr. Kıvrak said, “We can make fish feed, chicken feed, animal feed, small cattle feed. We can use them in rations. We can use them as fuel. We can even use them in vinegar production or fulfural (alcohol) production. It has a wide range of uses. Spilling it here both pollutes the environment, creates odor and also constitutes a serious place.”
Pointing out that when the harvest started, the pomace came out as a vegetable waste, Dr. Kıvrak added, “We can benefit from this seriously. Universities, public research institutions and private companies are doing very serious studies on olive pomace, land water and seeds. We want this to be evaluated. This is national wealth. We want it to be brought into the economy. It should not be disposed of in this way. ”
“An average of 10 thousand tonnes of olive oil is purchased annually in Edremit Bay and when 10 percent of it is considered as vegetation water, an average of 1000 tonnes of vegetation water and 35-40 thousand tonnes of olive pomace are produced annually,” Dr. Kıvrak concluded…