Medicinal and Aromatic Plants
Project title: IPARD Measure/Sub-measure: Diversification and development of on-farm activities/ Medicinal and aromatic plants
EU Funding: 16.450,69 TL (IPARD Support), 32.901,38 TL (total budget); 12.230,20 €
Duration: 3 months
Beneficiary: İlyas Çamur / Berrin Çamur
Implementing Partners: N/A
Overall Objective: Establishment of a Medicinal and aromatic plants
Background: Although Turkey is rich in plant diversity she still imports processed product because of exporting raw materials. This situation emphasized that medical and aromatic plants should processed and thereby contribute to economy in Turkey.
Medical and aromatic plants are collected raw materials unconsciously by intermediary firms in Black Sea region. Before the investment begins, a research has been conducted to determine whether medical and aromatic plants diversity is sufficient in Giresun. The results have shown that there are more varieties than predicted and the majority of these plants can be processed. The absence of any processing facility in the province has been effective in making investment.The necessary machinery-equipment will be provided to increase the production quality. Especially seasonable plants like roseship, stinging nettle, blueberry, dandelion etc. Will be dried and packaged and extract this plants will be obtained. At the same time the products can be consumed as herbal tea or used as a raw material and cosmetics and plant industry.
General Results and impact:
- The first medical and aromatic plant processing facility in the Black Sea region will create awareness for Giresun and the region especially since it will focus on extract production.
- It will provide direct and indirect employment.
- At he beginning of the invesment two workers will be employed and when the facility reaches full production capacity, the number will reach five workers.
- Seasonal workers will also be employed at the time of plant collection. Since these crops are not cultivated in the region, indirect employment will be provided for the supply of the raw materials. The female labor force is used intensively in the agricultural field in the Black Sea region.
- Another aim of the facility is to process and sell plants that have been collected from nature. The fact that woman will collect and sell the plants within the scope of investment will provide them with a regular income opportunity.
- The stinging nettle (urtica diocia) that is abundance in hazelnut plantations is exterminated by various toxic chemical drugs. This situation threatens human, animal and environmental health. As a result of the investment, the use of chemical drugs will decrease because farmers will earn income from stinging nettle.
- The cultivation of medical and aromatic plants will become widespread.
- Ensuring compiance with EU standards will facilitate the marketing of products.
- Establishment of the investment with Agriculture and Rural Development Support Institution’s support will provide the production of the facility.
Processes in the establishment: This is a medicinal-aromatic plants processing establishment. Stinging nettle, leaves of bilberry and rose hip are the main plants that are processed. The plants are collected from the certain lands by the women who are trained by the experts of the establishment and brought to the establishment for further processing. There are several types of processing: (1)drying-packaging; (2)extractive distillation-spray drying-packaging and (3) oil extraction. In the first type processing, the raw materials are cleaned when they arrived the establishment and then dried in the special ovens and finally packed by paper packaging materials. In the second one, the cleaned and sorted raw materials are processed in special reactors and the distilled liquid is spray dried and the final product is packaged. Oils of some special plants are also extracted and packed.
Other provinces where the project is implemented in, if any: N/A