The new organic olive oil plant officially started production last month by the Kilis Organic Olive Producers’ Union to help relieve the impact of the Syrian crises on the hosting region to support local development.
Now more than ever, the olive oil facility will be a vital means to foster marketability of Kilis olives for local economic development.
With the financial support of Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP) Regional Development Administration, UNHCR and UNDP, the Union established the olive oil facility, which will process, package, and store the olives collected by local growers from their fields. Members of the Union will bring their olives to the facility in which 80 tonnes of organic olive oil can be produced per day.
The Kilis olives that are processed in this facility will go to market under the ‘Kilizi’ brand which aims to be competitive in both Turkish and international markets.
Hüseyin Polat, the President of Kilis Organic Olive Producers’ Union, says that in the past, people were producing olive oil through incorrect methods.The new organic olive oil facility started production in Turkey,