20 young women entrepreneurs in Sanliurfa, a city located in southeastern Turkey, has become growers after participating in the Ministry of Agriculture’s project to increase women’s participation in agricultural workforce.
All these young entrepreneurs have received training from agricultural engineers about cut flower production and used their training in the 1.5 hectare training field to grow flowers with their own hands.
One of the goals of such programs is also to stop migration from the area by creating more job opportunities and economic activity in the area. Young growers have learned to grow 7 different varieties including freesia, crown imperial, lillium and daffodil.
The products grown in greenhouses as part of the project will be harvested in the next 2 months and sold to the local market. Women entrepreneurs added that they would like to continue and increase flower production in Sanliurfa and make Sanliurfa a center of cut flower production in the region. They have also noted that they used to work in cotton fields before and had to travel to other cities to work but with this project, they can keep living in their city and work in cut flower production.