Buharkent, Aydin, a city located in southwestern Turkey has begun the harvest of the sarilop (calimyrna) variety of figs. It is the first place to start the harvest of sarilop figs in Turkey.
Mehmet Ornek, Buharkent Provincial Director of Agriculture and Forestry, announced that they had collected 15 thousand tons of figs last year and this year they expect to harvest 25 thousand tons.
"This season we will export 9 thousand tons of the figs harvested this season. Besides, we export all of our black figs which yields around 1600 tons." said Ornek.
Producer Gungor Sancak said that they have a productive season.
Stating that they sell sarilop figs for 10 Turkish Lira (1,6 Euro) per kilo, Sancak said: "Compared to last year, the harvest was delayed by 15 days. I hope that our product will remain safe and that it will yield a high revenue on the market. We expect an increase in sales by 60% this year."