Deregumu village in Isparta, a city located in southwestern Turkey, grows carnations and other cut flowers in greenhouses. Producers export them to Spain, Bulgaria, the UK, the Netherlands, Russia and Ukraine. They grow 120 million branches of carnation per year and most of them are exported to Europe.
Deregumu residents replaced their vineyards with greenhouses to grow cut flowers. This has reversed the migration trend from the village to cities.
Besides carnation, Isparta is known for its roses, lavenders, apples, tomatoes and cherries. The Deregumu village hosts 2,000 residents, however more people come from outside the village to work in the fields. After the harvest, carnations are first cleaned and packaged, then sent to cold storages.
Stating that the farmers in the village used to grow grapes and watermelons, Isparta Chamber of Agriculture's Chairman Can Selcuk said: "In these fields, now we do greenhouse farming. We have 0.25 hectare of greenhouse fields. We grow tomatoes in an area of 0.15 hectare, and in the remaining field of 0.1 hectare we produce carnations. We grow 120 million branches of carnation per year and we export them to Europe."
Chairman Selcuk said that the harvest is about to be completed and continued: "Depending on the colors, we find specific markets for our carnations. Our village earns 40 million Turkish Lira (6.2 million Euro) from the export of this product."
Ali Toprakci, village headman, said: "We export the majority of our flowers. We are pleased that we can offer jobs for people coming outside the village."