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Turkey: 1200 tons of tomatoes produced with geothermal resources

In a greenhouse where produce is grown using geothermal water resources in the Cifteler district of Eskisehir, an average of 60,000 seedlings and 1,200 tons of tomatoes are grown annually. Despite the fact that the temperatures fall below zero, different varieties of tomatoes can be produced throughout the year thanks to the natural hot water resources. While the internal temperature of the greenhouse is kept constant at 27 degrees Celsius, the hot water supplied from the geothermal water source reaches up to 55 degrees. 

“We are growing tomatoes in greenhouses where we provide heating by using geothermal spring waters. It is more advantageous in terms of the heating cost, and it is a renewable energy type. The hot water is primarily used for heating purposes in tomato farming or soilless agriculture in these regions," Agricultural Engineer Sarikoc said.

"Since the hot water supply is completely automated, we can keep the plants at any temperature we want, as long as we want. In other words, it allows us to reach the desired temperature of the plant in a shorter time, enabling us to produce more economically and efficiently.”

Source: En Son Haber

 


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