Tarsus Mayor Haluk Bozdoğan also contributed to the efforts of İzmir Metropolitan Municipality for the protection of local seeds and their transfer to future generations. Bozdoğan, who visited İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer, brought 8 kinds of local seeds with him as a gift. President Soyer also gave Bozdoğan a gift of Izmir's ancestral seeds.
Mayor of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Tunç Soyer hosted the Mayor of Tarsus district of Mersin, Haluk Bozdoğan. Bozdoğan gave the ancestral seeds okra, sumac, chickpea, kunduru wheat, lump corn, roasted red mullet, black pepper and sesame to Mayor Tunç Soyer. Saying that Soyer wants to support the efforts he initiated to prevent the destruction of local seeds, Haluk Bozdoğan suggested that the products of the producer cooperative, which has 120 women members in its district, be sold through the People's Bakkalı in İzmir.
During the visit, İzmir Metropolitan Mayor Tunç Soyer presented Haluk Bozdoğan with his ancestral Kavılca wheat, pepper tomato, black-eyed pea and melon seeds.