Eskisehir, a city in northwestern Turkey, has started to harvest asparagus. The city’s Saricakaya district is one of the most important asparagus producers in the country with a 600-ton production capacity per year. The district exports asparagus to all over the world, mainly to Singapore, Qatar, Romania, Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands.
Asparagus production in the district currently takes places in an area of 60 hectares and efforts are ongoing in order to expand the production areas.
Producer and exporter Arman Badur said that they receive a lot demands from European and Far Eastern markets and continued: “Here, we process asparagus, then they are sent to both domestic and foreign markets. In the domestic market, we also have online sales. Besides, we export to six countries. We need to increase the production so that we can reach higher export numbers.”
Badur pointed out to the relatively low production capacity in Turkey and said that Europe alone imports 150.000 tons of asparagus per year.
"We started to produce asparagus 15 years ago with a field of 5 hectares. Today, we buy products from our contractors who produce in an area of 35 hectares. As of next year, the production will increase and we hope to exceed the 600-ton capacity. Europeans consume 450.000 tons of asparagus per year and they import one-third of this. Therefore, there is a great potential for exports if we can increase our production in the coming years."
Saricakaya district governor Murat Demirbilek stated that projects will be carried out in order to promote asparagus cultivation.
"Saricakaya is a special area, this can be understood by the climate. It is very different from Eskisehir’s. Here we produce mostly vegetables. Asparagus is a special product that needs special conditions namely soil, water and climate. Saricakaya meets these favorable conditions. We will work towards expanding the production areas for asparagus." said Demirbilek.