Manisa, a city located in western Turkey started the last Sultana grape harvest of the season. The harvest will last until December 10 and the total yield this year is expected to be 150.000 tons.
Alasehir district started the first harvest in July this year. The seedless Sultana table grapes are exported mainly to Russia, and also to Europe and the Middle Eastern countries. The producers said that they had a productive season.
Nurten Kocaturk, a farmer for 15 years, works in the vineyards. She said: "We are happy to work in these vineyards. Normally, we would collect grapes in warm weather. However, these are the last grapes that are under cover. We wear long-sleeve clothes not to get cold. We work for 60 Turkish Lira (9.42 Euro) per day."
Rahime Iyili, factory worker, said: "We receive grapes from vineyards and put them in boxes. Then they are transported to cold storages and finally they are exported."
Ali Ucak, former mayor of Alasehir and owner of an exporter company said: "We export these grapes 32 countries, mainly to Russia. Our company alone exported 60.000 tons of grapes."
Source: Once Vatan