Published on 22nd September 2018
Guild members are invited to apply for a place on a low-cost fact-finding visit and reporting trip to Turkey next month.
Courtesy of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists, the trip will be of particular interest to members who are interested in fruit, vegetables and fresh produce.
The organisers of EuroAsiaInterFresh Expo are inviting a group of IFAJ journalists to attend the show, with three nights’ accommodation and meals all paid for.
Please note, however, that participants will need to make their way to Turkey at their own cost.
The show takes place in the holiday resort of Antalya, which has good air links from the UK, and is well-served by connections from Istanbul.
Dates are 17-20 October. The organisers are focusing on particular countries; alongside Britain, participants will come from Russia, Germany, Iraq, Holland, Saudi Arabia, Belarus, Austria, Romania and Ukraine.
Antalya is regarded as Turkey’s “growers’ city”.
According to figures from the Uludag Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters' Association, Turkey’s fruit and vegetable exports topped $794m between January and April 2018.
Turkey is the world’s largest producer of apricots, cherries, figs and quinces, with exports reaching a total of 143 countries.
Guild member Martin Rickatson, who visited Turkey earlier this year, found the trip extremely useful from an arable point of view.
Adrian Bell, the guild's IFAJ representative, said: "I’m sure any of our members similarly focused on fresh produce would find value in this opportunity.
"They will also be well looked after during their stay – Turkish hospitality is legendary."
Members interested in applying for a place on the trip should email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible – and certainly by Friday, 28 September.