Turkey: Flower growers seeking state support to recover from snow damage to greenhouses

Cut flower growers in the Fatsa district of Ordu, a city located in the northern region of Turkey, are devastated by the damage sustained to their greenhouses due to weather conditions. Many growers have cut down hazelnut trees to build greenhouses to be cut flower growers, but now they are suffering major financial losses due to the storm damage.

The damage not only destroyed most of the greenhouses in the area, it also destroyed all the products in the vicinity as well. Growers had high hopes regarding their new endeavor and regarded cut flower production as an alternative source of revenue to hazelnut production, which was the main source of income for many families in the area.

The quality of products from the first harvest was high and the profits were plenty, but just as the growers were making significant progress, the storm destroyed their greenhouses and crushed their hopes. Now the growers wait for state’s assistance to recoup their losses and to start up with the production again as soon as possible. They believe that cut flower production is a very feasible alternative source of income and can create a lot of economic activity and jobs in the region, and they want the state to assist them in re-establishing their greenhouses.

Source: Ordu Olay

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