The Kirkagac variety of melon that had been awarded geographical indication by Turkey in 2008, is now expecting one from the EU.
Kirkagac, Manisa, a city located in western Turkey grows approximately 30 thousand of melons in an area of 1000 to 1200 hectares.The officials from the chamber of agriculture prepared a file to apply for the EU geographical indication and sent it to the European Commission.
Melons will be internationally protected
Emin Ozari, head of Kirkagac Chamber of Agriculture reminded that Kirkagac variety of melons received geographical indication in 2008. Stating that the exports of the product are limited and they want to open up to the world markets, Ozari said: "We aim to be awarded geographical indication abroad. If we can get this recognition from the EU, we can make sure that our melons are consumed in Europe too."
Pointing out to the strict rules on food safety in Europe, Ozari said: "Europeans prefer to buy products that are safe. Our melons are constantly checked while they grow. Thus, we have high productivity and we grow healthy melons."
The mayor of Kirkagac, Ismail Geduz announced that they support the process of application for the EU geographical indication. He emphasized that this recognition will be a great advantage in exports.