Bursa Metropolitan Municipality, which continues its efforts to make Bursa a brand city in agriculture, started the olive harvest with a ceremony in Iznik after Gemlik. Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Alinur Aktaş said that it was a pleasure to see that olive producers were very satisfied with the product and prices this year and said, “We are mobilizing all our resources for agriculture. "As long as we increase our standards regarding agriculture," he said.
With the aim of ensuring rural development in Bursa, the Metropolitan Municipality, which supports farmers in all areas, especially quality seedlings, sapling distribution and equipment support, started the olive harvest in Iznik district after Gemlik. In addition to Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Alinur Aktaş, Bursa Deputy Mustafa Varank, İznik District Governor Recai Karal, AK Party Provincial Chairman Davut Gürkan, Democratic Left Party Provincial Chairman Cahit Akıncı, İznik Mayor Kağan Mehmet Usta, Orhangazi Mayor attended the harvest ceremony in Elbeyli District. Bekir Aydın, Provincial Director of Agriculture and Forestry İbrahim Acar, neighborhood headmen and farmers attended.
Mayor Alinur Aktaş, Deputy Mustafa Varank and his entourage went to the olive garden before the ceremony and met with the farmers. sohbet did. Later, Mayor Aktaş and Deputy Varank climbed the tree and collected olives.
Bursa Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Alinur Aktaş wished the season to be fruitful and full. President Alinur Aktaş said that it made them happy to see the satisfaction of olive producers this year and wished that the process would continue in other products as well. Stating that although agriculture is not the primary subject of the municipality, they provide serious support, from seedlings and saplings to seed support and material support, through Tarım AŞ and Hagel, Mayor Aktaş stated that while Bursa's agricultural exports were 2017 million dollars in 184, this figure reached 569 million dollars last year. . Stating that black figs, raspberries, blueberries, olives and nectarines are in serious demand as a result of the studies carried out, Mayor Aktaş said, “34 percent of Bursa's total surface area is agricultural land. 12 percent of this is olive groves. The number of fruit-bearing olive trees in Bursa is 11 million 821 thousand. There are 1 million 950 thousand fruit-bearing trees in Iznik. The number of trees is increasing day by day. While the 2022 olive crop in Bursa was 187.692 tons, 33.428 tons of it was produced in Iznik. As Bursa Metropolitan Municipality, we created an early warning system. We include this in the system of the Provincial Directorate of Agriculture. We provide the necessary support regarding the development of the product. We see that the price is also good this year. I hope it continues like this until the end. We increased the grant rate we provide through Tarım AŞ from 50 percent to 60 percent. "We also distribute olive saplings," he said.
“We mobilize our resources for agriculture”
Stating that there is still a long way to go regarding agriculture, Mayor Aktaş explained that they are continuing their investments at full speed in the 1060 neighborhoods of Bursa. Stating that they are interested in every issue from ponds to irrigation facilities, from infrastructure to neighborhood mansions, Mayor Aktaş said, “We work jointly with institutions, especially the Provincial Directorate of Agriculture, on agriculture. We mobilize all our resources for agriculture. As long as we increase our standards regarding agriculture. We need to evaluate the real capacity we have. We must produce good products and market them well using modern techniques. I would like to thank everyone who contributed. Hopefully, in 2024, Iznik will be included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. We are very close to receiving this good news. I believe that within a few years, the tourism boom that has been awaited for years will occur in Iznik. "I hope our harvest and season will be fruitful," he said.
“May our harvest be abundant”
Bursa Deputy Mustafa Varank thanked Bursa Metropolitan Municipality and Iznik Municipality for providing good services to the district and neighborhood. Explaining that Bursa is a city with high potential with its agriculture, tourism and industry, Mustafa Varank stated that the government, members of parliament and local governments are working hard to serve this city. Stating that the work done is not limited to Bursa, but also your country's relations with other countries affect the economy, Varank said, “It is not the responsibility of local governments to establish a company to make the product more valuable. But Bursa Metropolitan Municipality has put forward a vision. It strives to help farmers earn more and produce more value-added products. I would like to thank Bursa Metropolitan Municipality for this vision. We will continue to increase the opportunities of this city in terms of agriculture. Our farmers should not avoid investments that will bring great returns in the future. Make investments to increase the product. Let's make Bursa the number one agricultural city in Turkey together. "May our harvest be abundant," he said.
Iznik Mayor Kağan Mehmet Usta stated that both the product and the price were good this year and the producers were satisfied. Stating that investments are continuing throughout Iznik and Elbeyli, Usta thanked Bursa Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Alinur Aktaş for his support.
Mukhtar Ahmet Değirmenci thanked Bursa Metropolitan Municipality and Iznik Municipality for their support.
After the ceremony, Mayor Aktaş, Deputy Varank and their entourage went to the olive sorting warehouse and gave information about the work. Later, Mayor Aktaş and the protocol members visited the Marmarabirlik olive purchasing area, and then visited the Boyalıca Product Collection Center olive purchasing area and examined the works on site.