Semsi Toprak gives an update on our Taste of Fethiye project in Turkey, which aims to increase the benefits that local farmers gain from tourism, while offering tourists the chance to try fresh, local produce.
Farmers working with the Taste of Fethiye project in Kadikoy Village have started production for the 2014 tourism season. Since the weather is still too cold to produce in open farms, the first plantations took place in greenhouses. During winter and spring months, crops like tomatoes, aubergines and cucumbers can be grown inside greenhouses in villages that are close to sea level in Fethiye.
Farmer Ibrahim Ayat has been working with Taste of Fethiye for three years. After suffering from harsh weather conditions in the winter and very getting very low prices for his winter production he has big expectations for his spring and summer harvests.
He says, “The export market was very limited this winter and the prices were very low compared to previous years. Most of the farmers couldn’t even earn back their investments for seedlings and other production costs. We hope to get better prices for our spring and summer production. I hope hotels will have a great tourism season and this will hopefully help our businesses as well.”