Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer attended the 2nd Beydağ Chestnut Festival organized by Beydağ Municipality with the support of İzmir Metropolitan Municipality. Giving the good news that they will reorganize the congress on February 17, 2023, the centennial of the Izmir Economics Congress, President Soyer said, “We will have another very important work to accompany the Economics Congress: the National Sample Exhibition. We will open the 'domestic goods and products exhibition', which was then called the National Sample Exhibition, which our ancestor held simultaneously with the Economics Congress. We will do this under the leadership of İZFAŞ. Our chestnut will be one of the most important products of that exhibition.”
İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer and his wife Village-Koop Union President Neptün Soyer, CHP İzmir Deputy Mahir Polat, Beydağ District Governor Fırat Kadiroğlu, Mayor of Beydağ Feridun Yılmazlar and his wife Filiz Yılmazlar, Mayor of Tire Salih Atakan Duran and his wife Necibe Duran, Mayor of Ödemiş Mehmet Eriş, Mayor of Güzelbahçe Mustafa İnce, Mayor of Gaziemir Halil Arda and his wife Deniz Arda, Mayor of Torbalı Mithat Tekin, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Deputy Secretary General Ertuğrul Tugay, Beydağ Chamber of Agriculture President Ünal İçmesu, representatives of political parties, producers, cooperatives, non-governmental organizations, heads and representatives of associations and chambers, headmen and citizens.
Good news of Izmir Economy Congress from Soyer
Stating that chestnuts, which have low input costs and high yields when grown in the right places, are included in the Izmir Agriculture support program, Mayor Tunç Soyer said that agricultural support programs operate in two layers, including purchase and sales guarantee. Stating that the small producer will be able to export with the Terra Madre Anatolia fair to be held in 2022, President Soyer gave good news from Beydağ. Soyer said, “We will organize the Economics Congress again in İzmir on February 2023, 17, in the centennial year of the Economics Congress. We will have another very important work to accompany this: the National Sample Exhibition. We will open the 'domestic goods and products exhibition', which was then called the National Sample Exhibition, which our ancestor held simultaneously with the Economics Congress. We will do this under the leadership of İZFAŞ. Our chestnut will be one of the most important products of that exhibition.”
“We are responsible for solving this problem”
Saying that Beydağ has an annual chestnut production capacity of around 5 thousand tons, but that it is adversely affected by the "chestnut branch cancer", Mayor Soyer said: “Izmir Metropolitan Municipality will stand by our producers in this regard, as it was before. I would like to remind you once again that we are determined to expand and support climate-compatible agricultural production in İzmir. Wrong agricultural policies and the resulting crop pattern dried up the Beydağ Dam yesterday. Today it is making our chestnut trees sick, and tomorrow it will force us to migrate from this land. However, drought is not a destiny in İzmir's geography. Nor is it the result of the climate crisis alone. Yes, the temperatures are increasing and the precipitation regime is changing, but this is not the main cause of the great drought in the Küçük Menderes Basin. The main reason for this drought is to support agricultural production based on silage maize, whose single root consumes 85 liters of water. If we are thinking about our children, we have to change this situation. If we were born in Beydağ and want to be satiated in Beydağ, we are obliged to solve this problem. I would like to point out one more time here. Whatever the drought-resistant product is… Pasture products, cereals, legumes, water-repellent fruits and landscape plants… Our İzmir Metropolitan Municipality, hand in hand with Beydağ Municipality, will be with our producers who want to switch to these products at every stage. Because this is not just a matter of agriculture, it is a matter of love of country and land, of homeland. Another agriculture is possible, that's what it means."
Yılmazlar: “We will introduce chestnuts in Beydağ”
Beydağ Mayor Feridun Yılmazlar said, “These fertile lands have become our homeland. There is a phrase that Tunç Soyer often repeats: 'One should be satiated in the land where he was born.' It is a very meaningful and appropriate word. In recent years, our people had to leave their land. We thought about how we can help our producer. We acted with the policy of our President, Another Agriculture is Possible. We organized this festival to promote our chestnut. Some of our chestnuts become candy in Bursa, and some go abroad. We considered it our duty to process and recognize this in Beydağ. We will make our producer smile.” Producer Seher Ovacık said, “Events like these are very important for small producers like us. We educate our children and money kazanWe are,” he said.
Chestnut Flour Plant opened
Various events, folk dance performances, local product tastings, local producer promotions and openings were also held within the scope of the festival. Bünyamin Süren, who came third in the best chestnut competition, Umut Yılmaz, who came second, and Mestan Yağcı, who came first kazanwas. Within the scope of the Chestnut Festival, the Chestnut Flour Plant was opened. President Soyer and his wife Neptün Soyer cut the cake made from chestnut flour and tasted the products.