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BGAJ/IFAJ eAlert: Opportunity - Media Tour to Turkey

Johann Tasker
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Johann Tasker

Opportunity: Media Tour to Turkey


Update: Guild freelance Member, Gaina Morgan, has secured a place on this exclusive trip, which was well oversubscribed.

Guild Members are invited on a first-come, first-served basis to apply to attend a media tour of Turkey from 7-9 April.

One of the newest members of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists, Turkey is inviting fellow journalists to experience modern agriculture in the country.

A favourable climate and suitable geography ensures agriculture plays an important role in the Turkish economy. Together, food and agriculture contribute 9% to the country’s GDP and provide a quarter of all employment.

What’s more, by 2023, the Turkish government’s ambition is that the country will be one of the world’s top five for agricultural production. Meanwhile it’s one of just a handful of countries that is able to claim food self-sufficiency.

İsmail Ugural, the president of the Turkish Guild, has compiled a comprehensive, diverse and appealing programme for up to 20 participants.

Accommodation, meals and all transfers will be provided, leaving delegates to cover only the costs of their flights to İzmir.

The tour kicks off on Thursday 7 April with visits to the local commodity exchange and exporters’ union, followed by afternoon visits to dairy and red meat processing plants. Delegates will be formally welcomed to İzmir by the Metropolitan Mayor at an evening dinner.

Day two opens with breakfast on a dairy farm, before visiting an organic farm and a meeting with a dairy co-operative. Those with horticultural interests will appreciate the afternoon visit to an ornamental plant nursery, before rounding off the day in the company of the Mayor of Ödemiş County.

Back in İzmir, the final day sees delegates touring a factory producing Mediterranean food products, owned by a local family with agricultural interests. Co-operative visits follow for two classic Mediterranean crops: olives and raisins.

To conclude this whistlestop tour showing the sheer diversity of Turkish agriculture, Saturday afternoon’s points of interest include the Türkay AgriMachinery factory, and a tour of a local aquaculture facility.

A final night dinner will doubtless provide a much-needed opportunity to relax, before transfers to the airport on Sunday morning for the journey home.

Full details of this tour are available on the IFAJ website.

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