After the Netherlands stopped exporting flowers to Russia due to the war between Russia and Ukraine, Russia turned to Türkiye to source phalaenopsis from Yalova.
A grower in Yalova, which produces 40% of Türkiye's phalaenopsis production, added Russia to its export network. With a production volume of 1 million pots annually, the company significantly reduces the country's dependence on foreign products for phalaenopsis. Providing information about the number of production and production techniques, the owner of the business, Caglar Tugtekin, said, "We started production in 2014 with the aim of reducing our country's dependence on foreign imports in phalaenopsis a little bit. By cutting down about 40 % of imports, we earned a significant amount of foreign currency for our country in this sense. We produce in an area of 36,000 square meters. We produce 1 million phalaenopsis annually."
Pointing out that they are the first and only company that produces phalaenopsis with tissue culture in the country, Tugtekin said, "It is a flower produced by tissue culture method. We carry out our productions in our own tissue culture laboratory. While producing, we take into account the demands of our consumers and customers, and we plan our production accordingly. We are the first and only company that produces orchids with tissue culture in Türkiye.
We do not only sell phalaenopsis produced in the domestic market. We also export. Flowers are sent from here to Middle Eastern countries, Kosovo and Albania, and North Macedonia. Due to the war between Ukraine and Russia, the Netherlands stopped selling flowers to Russia. In this case, Russia turned its sights to the Turkish market. We are at the stage of an agreement with Russia in terms of phalaenopsis sales. We are planning to sell the Yalova phalaenopsis in the Russian market in a short time."