Peach harvesting has started in Inegol, Bursa, a city located in northwestern Turkey. Producers expect to collect 65 thousand tons of peaches in an area of 1800 hectares.
Sezai Celik, chairman of Inegol Agricultural Chamber said: "Inegol district is the leading the peach producer in Bursa. We are satisfied with the production, however there are problems in marketing. The input costs are 2 Turkish Lira (0,31 Euro) per kilo. This means that farmers should sell peaches for at least 3 Turkish Lira (0,47 Euro) in order to make a profit."
Emphasizing that the taste of peaches in Inegol taste different, Celik said: "The shelf life of our peaches is 3 days longer than for others. Inegol peaches have a shelf life of 6 days. This is an advantage for the consumer. We do a good job in Inegol and peaches hold a special place among our 80 products."
Peach producer Levent Arslan said: "Inegol peaches are of high quality. We sell them for 2,5 to 3 Turkish Lira (0,39 to 0,47 Euro). When the prices are below 3 Turkish Liras, we face difficulties to cover our input costs. Our product has a long shelf life which is around 5 to 6 days. Inegol proved to be successful not only growing cherries but also peaches, pears and apples. We are recognized in Turkey, as well as in Europe."
Source: CNN Turk