In the western Turkish province of Aydin, where the world’s largest industrial fig orchards are located, sarylop figs have begun to be harvested.
Figs in Aydin are grown on an area of 400 thousand acres, with an average annual harvest of 200 thousand tons per season. Most of the harvest is sold fresh, only 70 thousand tons are dried.
Harvesting of one of the most popular sarylop varieties continues. Farmers in the Kuyudzhak region go to harvest in the first rays of the sun.
Most of the pickers are women. Figs are sorted according to size, a significant part of the harvest is exported abroad.
The head of the Agricultural Chamber of the Efeler Municipality Mehmet Kendirlioglu told Anadolu agency that the beginning of the harvest season is a time that producers are looking forward to.
Kendirlioglu noted that due to the drought, the volume of the harvest this year will be the same as in previous years.
“A slight decrease is possible, but it is too early to say anything. At the same time, the quality of the goods will not decrease, ”he said.
The head of the chamber believes that the quality of Turkish figs is the best in the world.
“About 70 percent of all fig production in Turkey comes from our region. The contribution to the economy is $ 300 million. This is a large amount. The demand is growing amid the pandemic, ”Kendirlioglu added.
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