Turkey: tomato greenhouses in Harran provide employement for women in the area

Women working in the greenhouses in the Harran Plain in Sanliurfa both increase the city's share of production in the sector and contribute to the family economy. Sanliurfa, one of the important centers of agricultural production in southeastern Turkey, has made a name for itself with the products grown hereafter the geothermal resource extracted in the Karaali region started to be used in greenhouse production.

The tomatoes, peppers, and various vegetables are grown in these greenhouses are in demand domestically and internationally. While this economic activity increases women's employment, it also contributes to the economy of the region and the country. Investors in the region prefer to employ women workers in all areas of the greenhouses as they work more carefully. Approximately 350 women between the ages of 18 and 25, most of whom work in greenhouses on 50 hectares support the family budget. Women workers earn an average of 9 USD per day.

Greenhouse owner Yasin Demir:  "We have 45 workers in our greenhouse, 40 of them are women. Our products are sensitive, women handle the products with more care thereby we mostly prefer to employ women in our greenhouses.”

Source: AA

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