A farmer exports local eggplants to Italy


ANTALYA – Demirören News Agency

A Turkish farmer has started receiving orders from Italy after improving the seeds of an eggplant specific to the region of Kırıkkale province in central Anatolia, making them three times more productive.

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Hüsnü Ekiz, the head of a seed-breeding company in the southern province of Antalya, produced high-yielding, disease-resistant eggplants from the seeds of a region-specific eggplant native to Kırıkkale.

“The yield of seeds, which we have worked for six years to improve, has increased threefold,” Ekiz said, adding that now seeds can be grown and produced anywhere thanks to their efforts.

Ekiz also pointed out that Italian experts came to buy seeds improved by them to test production.

Ekiz, who went to Kırıkkale, his wife’s hometown, for vacation, wanted to grow eggplants in greenhouses and fields in Antalya because he liked the taste. But since Ekiz could not get the result he expected because he was not disease resistant, he started growing the seeds he brought as a sample.

Emphasizing that seed selection will avoid the problem of access to food, which is a big concern in the near future, Ekiz said farmers should be supported.

The seed company, engaged in seed improvement for 60 years, run by Ekiz, works on the breeding of vegetables grown in Anatolia at its 50,000 square meter facility in the Serik district of Antalya. The company has more than 14,000 different genetic materials in tomatoes and 36,000 in peppers in its genebanks.

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