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29 Settembre 2022



Lavender fields across Turkey draw visitors while lavender oil proves profitable for suppliers of the cosmetics industry in the countryFields of lavender have been thriving across Turkey in recent years thanks to incentives by the government. Supported by a lavender cultivation project launched by the Directorate General of Forestry (OGM), the fields help create alternative tourism routes while their oil contributes to the Turkish economy.Native to the Old World and found in Cape Verde and the Canary Islands, lavender also grows in Europe, across northern and eastern Africa, the Mediterranean, southwest Asia, China and southeast India. Having spread throughout the world, it is surely one of the most easily found plants and a key ingredient in aromatherapy.Lavender oil is widely used in the cosmetics sector while its fragrance and painkilling, calming and insomnia relieving properties make it an essential material in soap and disinfectants. It also serves as a diuretic and relieves pain from rheumatism. Lavender flowers are also used in tea because of their known sedative effects.OGM launched the project in 2015 to financially support residents of forest villages and create new livelihoods. It is also applied in steep and barren lands to diversify agriculture while OGM seeks to curb migration from villages to cities with more employment in the lavender growing sector. The directorate provides loans for growers, including an interest-free loan of TL 37,000 of which only 80% must be paid back, with the first payment due three years after the transfer of funds.The directorate also grows lavender in its own fields and last year alone, it planted more than 5 million lavender saplings.Up to 30 kilograms of lavender oil can be extracted from one ton of lavender. Overall, sales of lavender products contribute about TL 20 million to the Turkish economy. Figures by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) show total exports of lavender oil reached 9.3 tons and $184,000. (ICE ISTANBUL)

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