Turkey: Woman grower from Antalya cannot keep up with dianthus barbatus orders

Emine Aladag, an agricultural engineer in Antalya, brought dianthus barbatus seeds in her  pockets15 years ago after attending an agricultural fair in Israel brought the pocket. Currently, together with her husband, she grows around 2 million stems of dianthus barbatus a year in a production area of 10-hectares. As the only supplier in the region with the seeds of the flower along with the flower, she distributes the seeds to numerous growers in the area.

Emine Aladag: " We went to the fair. and they gave a flower seed as a gift. We brought the seeds of the dianthus barbatus flower in our bag from Israel 15 years ago. Normally, this kind of flower did not exist in our country. We tried it and we started first with one decare. Now I grow the seedlings of this flower in our own greenhouses and distribute the seedlings of this flower to the women in the region. Women produce dianthus barbatus flower in their 2-3 decare greenhouses and bring them to me at last for me to sell them.I earn money when I sell them the seedlings and then  I pay them back when I purchase their grown flowers. For about 10 years, this process has been continuing increasingly. We brought a variety to the market and made it exportable, thus we were able to contribute to the regional and national economy. 

We export to all European countries. We produce 5 varieties of flowers, namely dianthus barbatus, ranunculus, spray and standard carnation, delphinium, and craspedia in our greenhouses. The target market is the Netherlands. in addition to our domestic sales as well. We are also the supplier of the dianthus barbatus to Turkey's largest site selling flowers from the internet, we have become one of the main domestic suppliers of such a massive organization which is another point of pride for our company. Dianthus barbatus can be grown in 10 different colors and we employ 20 people in our company. Among our goals, we wanted to make a much more professional nursery, When we brought dianthus barbatus, it was regarded as a product that cannot be grown in this region, but now it is produced in Antalya around 50 hectares. Periodically, we want to try and experience new varieties in our own greenhouses and offer new products to the market. When we look at the trucks coming from Europe, it looks colorful. Why don't we do this? My husband does not bring me any flowers. If he has a flower he likes, the flower only comes to me at that time to see if we can produce it. We want to improve the cut flower production in this country and expand the flower varieties grown in this region so that people can buy locally grown flowers in the domestic market at reasonable prices and bring them to their spouses. We want to make flowers enter every home and try to stop from flowers being a luxury. "

Source: Beyazgazete

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