Konya, a Central Anatolian city in Turkey, meets 65% of the country's need for carrots. The harvest of carrots was delayed by 15 days this year. Farmers say that this season 25% more carrots were planted.
Farmers in Kasinhani neighborhood of Meram, Konya, plant carrot seeds before October. For about 10 months they irrigate the crops and in the first week of July they start the harvest season. After collection, carrots are washed and packaged in the factory.
Farmer Mustafa Aslan said: "Due to weather conditions, harvest is delayed by 15 days but it is going well. Kasinhani meets 65% of domestic needs and up to 90% of the carrot exports of the whole country comes from here."
"We aim to produce 25 thousand tons of carrots"
Aslan said: "We set our goal of production to 25 thousand tons. In Kasinhani, there used to be 300 companies to produce carrots, now there are only 50. Among these, only 25 to 30 companies produce in large numbers."
"80% of our carrot exports are destined to Arab countries"
Stating that some of their products are exported, Aslan said: "Our products are destined to all Arab countries. 80% of our carrot exports are destined to Arab countries. We don't export directly, but through intermediaries in Hatay. I do export directly to Romania and Bulgaria. We export to a lesser extent to Poland. Georgia is also a good market for us."
Aslan added that Kasinhani planted 25% more carrots this year.