Is TRY16 worth olive oil landed in Cyprus from Afrin?

Cyprus Post published a few days ago a story regarding import of 25 tonnes of olive oil. The story fuelled discussions and Agriculture Minister Erkut Sahali and importer company’s...

It is being said that 25 tonnes of olive oil, which arrived at Magusa Port in recent weeks and which was announced by Minister Sahali and Agriculture Bureau as from Turkey, is actually from Afrin.

We have translated into English this Cyprus Post article by Vatan Mehmet. This is a literal translation of the original article.

Cyprus Post published a few days ago a story regarding import of 25 tonnes of olive oil. The story fuelled discussions and Agriculture Minister Erkut Sahali and importer company’s official Hurrem Tulga denied the story and he said that the oil was from Turkey. Both officials have not explained yet how the oil was bought at a price of TRY16.50 while it is being sold at TRY20-25 in Turkey, or even at a minimum price of TRY18 when a producer needs to sell it urgently. The officials kept their ambiguous tone regarding the amounted to be imported, or the planned amount to be imported from now on.

Although health analysis are provided, products sold at less than TRY19 are seen as suspicious in Turkish olive oil market commodity exchange.

It is being said that 25 tonnes of olive oil, which arrived at Magusa Port in recent weeks and which was announced by Minister Sahali and Agriculture Bureau as from Turkey, is actually from Afrin.

ZEYSAN head Ziya Sey talked to Cyprus Post on the technical side of the import and he caught public attention with his criticism to the government’s decisions. Total amount of the import is still uncertain.

According to a claim, the import which started with 25 tonnes will reach 140 tonnes at first stage.


In Turkey, first, it was publicized that the government would buy 50,000 tonnes of olive from Afrin to sell it to third countries via Agricultural Credit Cooperatives.

On the other hand, all parties agree that harvest is low at our country.

Moreover, it is claimed that hotels are in trouble and they are on search for black market options. Government sources also present the import in this context.

DIRECT EXPORT WITHOUT ENTERING TURKEY MARKET

World-famous Afrin olive and olive oil is sold to international market via Turkey.

Turkey’s this political economic decision is implemented as Agricultural Credit Cooperatives of Turkey together with Afrin Local Parliament open international markets for olives and Afrin olives are imported directly without entering Turkish market…

In Turkey, first, it was publicized that the government would buy 50,000 tonnes of olive from Afrin to sell it to third countries via Agricultural Credit Cooperatives.

Especially, low prices were said to have initially fuelled concerns in Turkey’s domestic market.

TURKISH AGRICULTURE MINISTER PAKDEMIRLI: “WE DON’T WANT PKK TO RECEIVE REVENUES”

As a response to discussions in Turkey, Turkish Agriculture Minister Bekir Pakdemirli said: “In Afrin, we, as the government, do not want the PKK to earn revenues. We want to somehow receive the revenues in Afrin. Therefore, we commissioned a 5,000 tonnes of mission to the Agricultural Credit Cooperatives. Doors were opened on the 8th day of the month for this mission. There is 600 tonnes of product by far now. It is comic that we are talking these issues at 200,000 tonnes of olive oil harvest.”

On the other hand, Turkey’s domestic markets had some offers. For instance, the Aegean Olive and Olive Oil Exporters Association offered: “Olives grown in Afrin could be sold to the third country’s after being processed and packaged in Turkey. We don’t say that private sector should definitely do this. Agricultural Credit Cooperatives could also do.”

15 million olive trees in Afrin

Syria’s olive groves are concentrated in the north-west of the country, 20% of olive trees are here, particularly in Afrin. 30% of olive production in Syria is in Afrin where most of the population work on oil cultivation. It is estimated that there are 15 million olive trees around Afrin.

STATE DOES NOT PRODUCE TRADER”

On the other hand, Hurrem Tulga, Head of the Craftsman Artisan and Marketing Cooperative which imported 25 tonnes of olive oil by means of the cabinet, denied allegations of “smuggled olive oil import from Syria” and “production of trader by the state” that were pronounced by the head of Olive-Olive Oil Producers and Industrialists Association (ZAYSAN), Ziya Sezey.

Similarly, Agriculture Minister Erkut Sahali also said at a one minute speech in the parliament that a situation that would not hurt producers and consumers was expected, and anybody’s commercial advantage was scrapped and it was implemented with totally briefing the parties.

On the other hand, Agriculture Office announced that oil was from Turkey and it entered into the country after analysis was proven positive.

TULGA: “THERE IS NO OLIVE OIL IN THE MARKET; RIGHTS OF CONSUMER AND PRODUCER ARE BEING PROTECTED”

“Import from Syria is totally unfounded, producing merchant by state is also unfounded… Actually, all rumours are unfounded,” Tulga told Cyprus Post.

Tulga also claimed that all olive oil mills were searched, the producer earned this much money for the first time thanks to the cooperative, there was olive oil problem in the market, olive oil had fallen into the black market, even hotels were chasing up olive oil.

“This decision was taken with our own producer. With the aim of protecting consumer and producer rights… There is no olive oil in the market and these guys who talk unfoundedly do not give olive oil to hotels. What is it to us for god’s sake?”, Tulga asked.

Tulga also shared the import document and the agreement among parties with Cyprus Post and she said that ZEYSAN has already signed it.

SAHALI: “NEITHER PRODUCER NOR CONSUMER WILL SUFFER FROM THE IMPORT”

Agriculture Minister Erkut Sahali….

Repeating claims and discussions on health etc. among local parties…

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