With the onset of the summer season, the canola fields spread over an area of ââ118,000 decares in the northwest of TekirdaÄ province turned bright yellow with the blooming flowers.
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Canola is a crop with plants 1 to 1.5 meters tall that produce pods from which the seeds are harvested and crushed to release canola oil.
Farmers in TekirdaÄ grow canola as an alternative to sunflower.
“TekirdaÄ is the first province that produces the most canola crops in the Thrace region,” Oktay Ãcal, the provincial head of agriculture and forestry, told state agency Anadolu on April 29.
Stating that the number of farmers growing canola is increasing day by day, Ãcal said, âSome 38,000 tonnes of canola has been produced on approximately 114,000 hectares of land. This year, we are forecasting a harvest of 40,000 tonnes of canola from some 118,000 hectares of land.
Canola seeds contain about 45 percent oil. This large percentage of oil comes in a small package; Canola seeds are similar in size to poppy seeds, although brownish-black in color.
âThis year there was enough rainfall for a healthy harvest. We hope the local farmers will have big smiles on their faces during the harvest period, âhe said.
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He also recalled the beauty that these canola fields add to the environment with âtheir fantastic yellow colorsâ.
âPeople who pass by, stop their cars, flock to the canola fields and take pictures,â he noted.