Lavender, which is cultivated as an alternative product in Güneysınır by Konya Metropolitan Municipality, continues to give successful results. Konya Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Uğur İbrahim Altay stated that they continue to increase agricultural supports in order to increase the income of citizens living in rural areas. Noting that they are working with the aim of making Güneysınır the production center of lavender, President Altay said that they have distributed seedlings this year in the support project, which has both economic added value as oil and aims to host tourism destinations with its visuality, in addition to lavender honey.
"We have demonstrated a significant success"
Mayor Altay said, "We desire to spread lavender production to more areas in order to meet the increasing need for raw materials by bringing the Medicinal Aromatic Plants Distillation Plant to the region, to enable the farmers of the region to earn income from more areas, and to bring the arid and idle lands that cannot be irrigated to agriculture and economy. Within the framework of our work with the waterless agriculture method, we supported our producers with 191 thousand 500 lavender seedlings only in 2022. Since the beginning of the project, we have distributed 1 million 911 thousand 600 seedlings to be planted in a total area of one thousand 593 decares so far."
"We also contribute to our students"
Noting that 15 thousand lavender seedlings were given with a 100 percent grant in the 2022-2023 academic year to be used in the Agriculture and Animal Health Breeding Department of Ereğli İvriz Vocational and Technical Anatolian High School, President Altay said, "In addition, we provided our students with the opportunity to improve themselves technically by practicing in the field as well as theoretical education. In our high school, which has an arable agricultural area of 2 million 398 thousand 848 square meters, we plan to obtain lavender honey by providing technical support in beekeeping in order to be able to make more qualified agriculture and obtain more products. We will also contribute to our students by evaluating and processing the products to be obtained."