The spice industry was discussed at the Sector Speak Meeting held at Stock Exchange Square for the fifth time this month. At a meeting titled “Turkey’s Spice Road” held online on Thursday, May 26; Aidin Akun, president of the Packaged Spices Producers Association, and Prof. Dr. Dr. Nurullah Okumus, general manager of herbal production. Mehmet Hasdemir, Odessa Baharat Board Chairman Ahmet Tevfik Dayan, Gaziantep University faculty member Prof. Dr. Nazım Şekeroğlu, İSTİB Council Member Emin Demirsi, Food Writer and TV Programmer Elif Korkamazel, İSTİB Honey and Spices Committee Vice Chairman Atila Rua and ISTIB Board Member Mehmet Besir were present as keynote speakers.
In his inaugural address, chaired by Cellal Toprak, President of the Reliable Products Platform, Ali Kopuz, Chairman of the Istanbul Commodity Exchange, emphasized the importance of spices for Turkey and said, “Every stakeholder in the industry has an important responsibility to develop. First, we need to focus on agricultural planning and proper product selection. We should then focus on the use of education and technology in production, seed breeding, standardization, quality and sustainability. Finally, we must take the initiative to establish the concept of “Turkish spice” in the world.
In his speech, Aiden Akun, President of the Packaged Spices Producers Association, said that the way to develop foreign trade in spices is through international awareness and said, “Awareness is possible through a brand. The size of the sector is not enough to create an international brand. For this, first of all we have to realize high quality agricultural production according to the demand. The first step is to announce long-term support and incentives. ”
Afyankarhisar University of Health Sciences Rector, Professor. Dr. Nurullah pointed out the need for this exchange for the development of the Okumus sector. Okumus said, “The exchange will build the infrastructure needed to implement the process of classification, standardization, quality, control, branding and commercialization. That is why we are trying to establish it. In addition to our university, our state, local government, the Afyonkarahisar Commodity Exchange and finally the Istanbul Commodity Exchange are working on this structure. ”
General Manager of Herbal Production. Mehmet Hasdemir said that Turkey has a huge potential for medicinal aromatic plants and spices, adding: “To assess this potential, we, as the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, have launched projects for the development of perfume and medicinal plants and dyes. Plant cultivation. Our goal. Improving the cultivation of these plants, increasing production in line with domestic and foreign demand, conserving and sustaining natural and biological resources, and providing rural development. We conduct exhibitions, trainings and clustering studies. Feasibility reports and investor guidelines have been published.
Ahmet Tevfik Dayan, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Odessa Baharat, in his speech also drew attention to the problems related to the production of spices and red chillies and said, “One of our problems in production is the reflection of the problem of seasonal agricultural workers. Due to this problem pepper cultivation loses its benefits. Also, the desire for pepper for wetlands and climate change are important issues. The slow pace of seed development studies and the high research and development investment required for industrialization also increase the need for government support.
Gaziantep University faculty member Professor. Dr. In his speech, Nazim Shekeroglu summarized the study of the spice subcommittee of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry for Masala Communic, saying, “It took a long time to work on this, but the results were good. However, a lot of work needs to be done. For example, aromatic plants, tea, and essential oils need to be studied. In addition, steps need to be taken to ensure that scientific studies are consistent with the needs of the industry. ”
İSTİB Assembly Member Emin Demirsi said that one of the most important issues in the sector occurred during the inspection process, and said, “Due to differences in laboratory measurement limits, the statement is open to interpretation. Standards are not specifically applied to imported products, we do not do our job properly. To avoid these problems, disciplinary enforcement regulations should be established and an advisory board should be set up in this regard.
Food writer and TV programmer Chef Elif Korkamzel, on the other hand, said it would be helpful to collaborate with international Turkish chefs to create ideas about Turkish spices around the world, adding that “global success will be achieved.
লাSTİB Honey and Spices Committee Vice President Atila Rua noted that each stakeholder works independently and anonymously on each other to solve sectoral problems and said, “Every organization, every stakeholder studies important and takes important steps. However, since this study lacks coordination and information exchange, results cannot be obtained. That is why it is so important for stakeholders to work together. ”
Mehmet Bassir Kilik, a member of the board of directors of the Istanbul Commodity Exchange, who delivered the closing speech, described the meeting as fruitful and said, “Today, the sector was very strongly presented and very important issues were discussed. I believe that. Representatives of the food industry should be more actively involved in the activities of associations, chambers and commodity exchanges, because these platforms exist to solve our problems. “