Farmers in Islahiye, Gaziantep, a city in southeastern Turkey, have started to harvest Golden Reinders apples at altitudes of 1600 meters.
Huzurlu Valley in Islahiye district grows apples in an area of 65 hectares. The district overall produces apples on an area of 110,5 hectares.
Golden Reinders has a special taste and color and this year, producers expect a yield of 2 thousand 210 tons. They sell apples for 1,5 Turkish Lira (0,16 Euro) per kilo.
Servet Gunay, apple producer for 19 years, said: "In Huzurlu Valley, we have around 3 to 5 thousand apple trees. We produce high quality apples thanks to cold water and the climate. As producers, our biggest challenge is that we cannot find markets. We spray apples only once in order to prevent worms. Otherwise, we don't use anything else, they are all natural."
Producers cannot find markets
Islahiye Agricultural Chamber's President Mehmet Kose added: "In our district, we grow Golden Reinders in an area of 110,5 hectares. The productivity is 2 tons per 0,1 hectare which is satisfying. However, producers are in a difficult situation since they cannot find markets for their products."