The first olive oil festival to unite Greek & Turkish Cypriot producers

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Olive oil Festival- LtoR Crop Husbandry director Christian Harel, ZEYBIR’s chairman Irfan Celik and SEKEP’s chairman Philippos Kameris

THE first bi-communal olive oil festival will mark the beginning of a cooperation that will benefit producers on both sides of the divide, Greek and Turkish Cypriot olive oil producers’ associations SEKEP and ZEYBIR announced yesterday.

The festival, called ‘Let’s grow together’ is taking place at the weekend at the Ledra Palace checkpoint area and is supported by the EU-funded ‘Crop Husbandry’ project that has been providing technical support to Turkish Cypriot farmers for the last six years.

“We hope that this meeting will be the beginning of a new cooperation between the two organisations that will contribute to the support of the Cypriot olive producers,” SEKEP chairman Philippos Kameris said.

He said that SEKEP’s goal is to support Cypriot olive oil producers to find new markets, grow new olive varieties and fight the olive fruit fly (Dacus).
“As Cypriot olive producers we were working together in many mixed villages before 1974 and now we decided to get together under the umbrella of the European Union with this weekend’s event,” Kameris said.

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