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New grower in Odemis, Turkey wants to compete with European growers through hydroponic production

Kazak Cicek ornamental plants and cut flowers company has been founded in Odemis, Izmir in 2018 and the company general manager Serkan Tunc spoke about the ambitions of the company. The main goal of the company is to export cut flowers and ornamental plants and the company has set up its greenhouses in line with this goal.

Serkan Tunc: “We have invested around 1 million USD to set up our greenhouses and we want to grow products at the highest quality. Our goal is that our products will not differ from those grown in the Netherlands and we will be able to export huge quantities to European markets. The quality will be our competitive advantage and will separate us from the rest of the industry. We currently grow around 50 varieties and we are planning to increase this figure to 100. We have hydroponic production in addition to more conventional greenhouse production in our facilities. Currently, we grow cyclamen, geranium, begonia, celosia, and viola in addition to smaller quantities of other varieties.

Our greenhouse is 2.5 hectares and our entire facility is 5 hectares. Our facility has an automated fertilization system, acclimatization system and storage, and processing facilities.

We want our company to be well-known in Turkey within the first 3 years and we want to start exporting in 5 years. We will not change our goals no matter how the markets will shape up. Our long-term goal is export-oriented production.

Turkish growers have a problem in finding a channel to market and sell their products and I believe the state should facilitate the setting up of such channel. It will contribute immensely to the floriculture industry and the growers would be delighted.”

Source: Haber Hurriyeti

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