Selcuk Bilgi, Chairman of Bademli Arboriculture and Agricultural Development Cooperative said “We had the first harvest of Potamia Erdin. We noticed that this tree, which we discovered in the 2000s, was planted by a farmer as a border tree. We then made on-site observations and found that it could meet the needs in the market. It is a thin-shelled, high-yielding variety that can be easily grown at low altitudes.”
Being one of Turkey’s exemplary agricultural cooperatives, Bademli Arboriculture and Agricultural Development Cooperative receives the results of its R&D activities. The cooperative obtained a new and local walnut species as a result of selection breeding studies. Local walnut variety called “Potamia Erdin” will increase the international competitiveness of domestic producer of the region.
Potamia Erdin Walnut’s registration process was completed and the first harvest ceremony was held in Tire Mehmetler village with the attendance of Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Deputy General Manager of Plant Production Mr Suat Yilmaz, Provincial Director of Agriculture and Forestry Mr Musa Minister, Mayor of Odemiş Province Mr Mehmet Eris and Izmir Koy-Koop Union Chairpirson Mrs Neptun Soyer and many producers.
Emphasizing the importance of R&D processes for agricultural production, Mr Selcuk Bilgi, Chairman of Bademli Arboriculture and Agricultural Development Cooperative said “We had the first harvest of Potamia Erdin. We noticed that this tree, which we discovered in the 2000s, was planted by a farmer as a border tree. We then made on-site observations and found that it could meet the needs in the market. It is a thin-shelled, high-yielding variety that can be easily grown at low altitudes.”
In her keynote speech, Mrs Neptun Soyer, Chairperson of Izmir Koy-Koop Union said “You are showing us that producers who have realized their own potential and who have dedicated their heart to agriculture and country can come to their rightful place in the field of agricultural production. I would like to thank everyone who supported these studies, who kept their sweat, and wish to meet in new success stories.”
Bademli: A success story
Mr Selcuk Bilgi gave the following information about Bademli Arboriculture and Agricultural Development Cooperative:
“Our cooperative is founded in 1968. So it’s a long-established cooperative that reached its golden jubilee. Our main focus point is fruit nursery because of the characteristic features of our region. In addition, many members are engaged in ornamental plants cultivation. We make both fruit nursery and ornamental plant growing at world standards. We compete with European and Turkic republics in this sense. In addition, we are pursuing new breeds to support livestock, and we have created a cold chain to collect the products of our dairy producers. We carry out the production of milk and dairy products in line with food safety principles. We produce and trade products such as cheese, yogurt, milk and butter. We have the necessary infrastructure to realize fruit nursery and ornamental plants in accordance with world standards. We have a tissue culture lab. We have built our greenhouse plants in our cutting graft production site. Bademli Cooperative has the necessary laboratory and greenhouse facilities in terms of both cutting graft production and seed production. We can produce all of the subtropical fruits you see in the market for 365 days. We have the capacity to produce around 15 million fruit trees annually. These are of course the products by our partners. Our main aim is to identify, deliver and merchandise agricultural inputs of cooperative partners and to sell the products they produce in the domestic market and abroad.
We are competing especially in European countries. We export our fruit nursery to Russia. We send olive and olive oil to Russia and Japan. However in the Turkic republics, we are making our presence felt in terms of seedlings. Among those countries, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan are our main markets. In these countries, we build large gardens of 3,000 to 5,000 hectares.”