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Turkish companies use former mine sites for agriculture

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Mining sites in Turkey’s southern Aydın province whose coal reserves have expired are being rehabilitated and became agricultural land for olive oil manufacturing inside the framework of a sustainable mining challenge.

Olive bushes had been planted by Turkish companies Aydın Ligyit Madencilik and Zetay Tarım within the deserted mine sites in Aydın province’s Efeler district. Aydın Ligyit Madencilik first planted olive bushes in 2004 on an space of 330 hectares (815 acres) and had its first harvest in 2007. An olive oil manufacturing unit was established within the area in 2014 for the processing of olives. Around 36 tons of olive oil had been produced final 12 months as the corporate goals to provide 50 tons of oil in 2021. Olives collected from the bushes within the area are processed within the manufacturing unit and the oil is being exported to many nations, together with Japan, the United States, Canada, Germany, France and Norway. The space additionally has 3,000 fig bushes.

Olives at the moment are being harvested within the fields the place coal, which was as soon as referred to as black diamond, was extracted, whereas the olive oil produced in factories is getting worldwide awards for its top quality.

To convert the mining space to land appropriate for agriculture Aydın Ligyit Madencilik made an funding of roughly $8 million.

Olive trees were planted by Turkish companies Aydın Ligyit Madencilik and Zetay Tarım in the abandoned mine sites in Aydın province, Turkey. (Photo provided to the press)

Making statements concerning the agricultural actions within the area, Chairperson of the chief board of Aydın Ligyit Madencilik H. Sadun Oğan stated, “As of now, there are 40,000 olive bushes and three,000 fig bushes on the land we now have dropped at agriculture from the mining space. The minerals in olives are crucial to us and we handle to maintain them with the cold-pressed technique. The olive oils we produce don’t comprise any components. Our coal extraction actions on the mine web site can be utterly completed in 2 to three years. We will carry 60 extra hectares of land to agriculture and economic system.”

Zetay Tarım began the primary planting in 2007 after the mine web site, which was in operation between 1985 and 1994, remained idle for 10 years. The manufacturing unit was established within the space in 2013 for the processing of olives from the land. Olive oil dropped at the market by Zetay Tarım gained eight gold medals in worldwide competitions within the first 12 months. It is named some of the profitable examples of the rehabilitation of mining sites.