Lapseki, Canakkale, a city located in northwestern Turkey, is known for its peaches. While producers have been working all summer to grow peaches, they had a gap in the winter season. Now this gap has been filled with persimmon cultivation.
Peach producers in the district who chose to grow persimmons in winter expect to double their revenues.
Ali Kacan, Lapseki Provincial Director of Agriculture and Forestry said that Russia is the top export market for peaches and nectarines, and that now persimmons are added to those.
"When the peach harvest is completed, farmers start to work on persimmons. This is an additional source of revenue for the farmers. The district produces nearly 150.000 tons of persimmons per year. Currently, we have 60.000 saplings and the number increases every year." said Kacan.
Stating that the persimmon harvest and its pest control are much easier than other fruits, Kacan added that they help producers in all the steps of production.
Lapseki Chamber of Agriculture's Chairman Ismail Sevim said that for the past three years, the production of persimmons has been increasing.
Stating that their members produce persimmons in an area of 150 to 200 hectares, Sevim said:
"This product became popular among producers, because they have a gap in winter once they completed the peach season. Persimmons have a high productivity. If it continues like this, persimmons may even compete with peaches. This year we exported persimmons to European countries and Russia."