In Yenisehir, Bursa, a city located in northwestern Turkey, producers began the second harvest of peppers. They sell varieties of peppers to traders and exporters for 2 to 2.5 Turkish Lira (0.32 to 0.40 Euro).
Peppers are planted at the beginning of May and harvested in late July, while the second peppers of the year are planted in late June and collected at the beginning of September, said Yenisehir Agricultural Chamber's chairman, Sadi Aktas.
Chairman Aktas explained that the first harvest was not satisfying due to the abundance of product and low prices. Aktas said: "Around the same time, varieties of peppers from other towns are also in the market. When the product is abundant, it doesn't cost much. However, in Yenisehir Valley, the climate and the soil allow a second harvest. Peppers are available in the market as of September. Since there are less products, farmers earn more."
Product planning is indispensable
Farmers could not earn as much as they expected from the first harvest, however, they were satisfied with the second harvest, chairman Aktas noted and he continued: "These days, the selling prices of "emre", "kilsivri" and "dolma" peppers range from 2 to 2.5 Turkish Lira. This is good. We hope that the prices remain like this until the end of October when the harvest will be completed."
Aktas emphasized that farmers tend to grow more products once they see that the prices are high and pointed out that product planning is needed.
"In the first days of the harvest, other nearby cities and districts also begin the harvest. Due to this, prices are low. Since producers in Yenisehir Valley can do a second harvest, prices go up. Therefore, product planning is needed and pepper fields need to be more limited. Producers should only grow as much pepper as needed in the domestic and foreign markets." said Aktas.
Source: CNN Turk