The greenhouse strawberry project, which was also financed by the Eastern Black Sea Project Regional Development Administration, was implemented by the Provincial Directorate of Agriculture and Forestry to expand strawberry production in 2017 in Ordu, Turkey.
With the support of the state, 2 hectares of gardens and greenhouses were created throughout the province in 6 years. Over 60 tons of strawberry harvest is expected this year in the city.
Ibrahim Cont, who grows strawberries in Cam Mahallesi of Espiye district, told the press that he started growing strawberries as a hobby.
Stating that the demand for the product increased over time, Cont said, "I built a small greenhouse 4 years ago and started production as a hobby. I went to Antalya and took a course on the cultivation of this product. Over time, I improved both myself and my production."
Cont stated that he produces soilless strawberries in a greenhouse of approximately 1,000 square meters and plans to expand this area, adding, "My yield target this year is to exceed 3 tons. I can get 3 times the income from strawberries compared to hazelnuts, which remain the most produced agricultural product in the city. I have no problem in finding a buyer for my products. I can offer them to the market in Espiye and Giresun."
Bunyamin Besirli, who produces in the same neighborhood, stated that he started production for himself, and this hobby turned into a professional production over time. Stating that he established a soilless strawberry greenhouse on an area of approximately 400 square meters, Besirli stated that he expects to harvest 1.5-2 tons of product this year and that he sells the fruit to Espiye and the surrounding districts.
Source: Ordu Yeni Donem