03 Jun

Head Of IOOC Suggests Olive Cultivation In Southeast Turkey

The head of an international olive council recommended on Friday that Turkey should cultivate olive in the Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP) region.

GAP is a multi-sector and integrated regional development effort approached in the context of sustainable development covering nine provinces including Adiyaman, Batman, Diyarbakir, Gaziantep, Kilis, Mardin, Siirt, Sanliurfa and Sirnak in the basins of the River Firat (Euphrates) and River Dicle (Tigris) and in Upper Mesopotamia.

Professor Shimon Lavee, chairperson of the International Olive Oil Council (IOOC), visited Vinolive International Wine, Olive, Olive Oil & Technologies Fair in Turkey`s Aegean province of Izmir, and said that GAP region had a great olive farming potential.

“Turkey should make use of this potential,” Lavee told AA in an exclusive interview.

Lavee said that using modern techniques in olive oil production was very important, and told AA that small enterprises should get organized and merge in order to make bigger investments and record great accomplishments.

“I have tested very good olive oil in Turkey. Climate and soil conditions are better in Turkey when compared with many countries that are considered to produce good olive oil,” Lavee said.

Lavee defined Turkey an appropriate place to invest in oil and olive oil industry, and called on investors to invest in Turkey, particularly in the GAP region.

As the intergovernmental organization in charge of administering the International Olive Oil Agreement, the International Olive Oil Council has become over the years a unique multilateral tool working for world olive farming.

It is the ideal forum for experts to meet and debate, and provides an exceptional setting for reflection and decision-making where the broad lines of action to secure the future of world olive growing are mapped out.

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