By Gözde Aslantaþ,
The olive orchards in the Bergama-Dikili-Zeytindað triangle, including some parts of Ayvalýk, have caused concern with about 40 percent loss in harvest. Discussing the definition of “natural disaster” at the “Olive and Bergama” panel discussion within the scope of the 71st International Bergama Festival, the producers asked for urgent action for putting into practice the “natural disasters law.”
Northern Aegean olive oil producers gathered at the “Olive and Bergama” panel discussion to hear the opinions of experts and learn the steps they have to take. At the panel, asking for the loss to be compensated, they informed the mayor and the head official of the district about their request. The producers expressed that they wanted to make use of the “natural disasters law.”
Within the scope of the law, if the fixed rate of loss due to a natural disaster is 40 percent or above, agriculture directorates should prepare the necessary reports to cover the relevant loss after controlling and fixing the rates. Thus, the farmers can make use of bank credits and convenient payment schemes.
After listening to the complaints of the farmers throughout the panel discussion, Ersezgin Companies Group Food Department Head Naci Özgen said: “This loss is completely due to global warming which by nature is a ‘natural disaster’. Therefore, I can say that their complaints and requests are timely and fitting.”
“The reasons are the excessive regression of underground waters, changing climates and extreme heat. Yet the final stroke was the desert dust that came with the rain at the end of May which seriously damaged the olive trees in the blossoming period that had negative effects on the fruits,” added Özgen.
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