“Organic Agriculture Symposium” was held at EXPO 2016

Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and Ecological Agriculture Organization (ETO) held a symposium at EXPO 2016 under the title “Organic Future – Ways of Sustainable Development in Organic Sector” as part of Organic Agriculture Project co-sponsored by Turkey and Germany.

Symposium was held at EXPO 2016 Antalya Congress Centre as part of events organized by the Germany Garden. Beate Huber, Frankfurt representative of Turkish-German Organic Agriculture Project Research and Development made an opening speech. She likened the project to a plant. She said: “This project is like a plant. It grows and bears fruit. If it is successful it will bear more fruit. We have nurtured this plant in a very suited environment. We have found a great soil in Turkey. An engaged group of producers, laws that were prepared exclusively or organic agriculture… These all provide a good base for execution of the project.”

Huber pointed out that Turkey’s environmental conditions were very eligible for organic agriculture and that legal system and strong demand were also in good shape.

She said the first results were yielded around 2012 from the projects that had started in late 2011. She noted that the project aimed to raise awareness on the quality of production. She talked about the works that had done as part of the project. “It has become a great cooperation for Turkey and Germany”, she concluded.    

ETO Chariman Zafer Göynügür also spoke about the projects and results.

Speakers made presentations about subjects like how to make agriculture more sustainable in a globalising world, how consumer behaviour will evolve and strategies for future of organic agriculture in Turkey, successful examples and lessons that are learned.

A reception was held for participants in German Garden at the end of symposium. Visitors were served organic food. It ended with a symbolic closure for Turkish-German Organic Agriculture Project and an award ceremony which honoured 3 producers as best practitioners of organic agriculture.