IPARD Pottery Project in Avanos




EU funding:

IPARD Support: 142.828,04 TL 60.417,95 €

(50% of total investment)

Total investment: 289.946,31 TL      122.650,72 €


3rd Party Contributions: N/A


Duration: 4 months


Beneficiaries: Halim Bülent SÖNMEZ

Phone: 05462163655

Address: Yukarı Mah. 123. Sok. No:32 Avanos/NEVŞEHİR


Implementing Partners: N/A


Overall objective: The project was funded under IPARD Measure: Diversification and Development of Rural Economic Activities

Sub-measure: Development of Local Products and Micro Enterprises

Specific Objective of this sub-measure: to help local micro enterprises to develop valorisation and/or processing of traditional and typical local agricultural & food products and local handicraft products, with a priority given to products with a certificate of Geographic Indications issued by the Turkish Patent Institute.


Taking into consideration the protection of natural resources and the environment with the project; raising the level of income in rural areas, production and sustainable industrial integration, the development of small and medium-sized enterprises, the development of marketing infrastructure, Increasing the efficiency of limited income sources in rural areas, increasing the impact of the ongoing rural development work and establishing a certain capacity in the rural community is convenient.


Through this project, it is aimed:

  • to create a new pottery production facility,
  • to provide marketing opportunities and sustainable development,
  • to carry out production according to the standards of EU and other domestic and foreign markets,
  • to create employment,
  • to provide infrastructure which will bring added value,
  • to provide the production entegration of handicrafts in our region,
  • to provide a certain capacity, (economic-social-technological) development in the rural community ,
  • to increase access to services and
  • to generate income.


Main activities:

  • Procurement of machinery and ovens.
  • By using press machines, conveyors, molds, benches, glazing machines, forklifts and kilns in the pottery production facility; Soil Frying Pan, Rice pudding bowl, Yogurt pot, Water Pottery, Stew Pans, etc. are produced.

Estimated results:

  • Development of micro enterprises trough establishment of pottery and ceramics factory.
  • The aim of the project is to increase the quality and productivity of the region by providing modernization in the production of local products, as well as to meet the needs of businesses in the region and other domestic market areas.
  • With the passing of the project, it will contribute to the quality standard of the products produced in the region.
  • Moreover, in more modern conditions, capacity will be increased in addition to production in accordance with EU standards. Conventional methods will be synthesized with the technology and maximization of utility will be realized.


Sub-Measure "Development of Local Products and Micro Enterprises"


Specific Objective: To help local micro enterprises to develop valorisation and/or processing of traditional and typical local agricultural & food products and local handicraft products, with a priority given to products with a certificate of Geographic Indications issued by the Turkish Patent Institute.

Rationale: There is a wealth of local products and traditional forms of know-how, which have been transmitted through practice between generations. The fact that these local products are not yet correctly developed and marketed represents a loss of potential value added as well as employment opportunities for the rural inhabitants.


Although local levels of entrepreneurship are low, public support may reduce the perception of risk involved in the undertaking of an initiative. Traditional crafts, local products, natural and heritage resources and the landscape are all resources well known to the local population, but which may require support to build confidence to undertake micro-business initiatives. This in turn develops a spirit of entrepreneurship and develops risk capabilities, which are a precious resource for local development. The integration of these activities with tourism development and the association of producers might give a better chance to achieve a critical mass of investment.


The support planned by IPARD for this measure is also linked with the Acquis Communautaire regarding valorisation of traditional and typical agricultural, food products with a protected designation of origin (PDO) or protected geographical indication (PGI). While the complete implementation of the Acquis might request more time, the measure will present a good occasion to bring closer the Turkish system for recognition and protection of local designations.


Eligible investments:

  • Construction, modernization or expansion of operational buildings and production facilities
  • Purchase of equipment and tools specific for the production and  packaging of the local food and agricultural products,  for handicraft activities
  • Physical investments in packaging facilities, equipment
  • Promotion and marketing related investments for local products or handicrafts, including establishment of a factory selling point or promotional stand.
  • ICT equipment including software, if it is an integrated part of the project




The aim of the IPARD is to prepare the candidate countries to implement the EU Common Agricultural Policy upon accession by helping them to align their agri-food sectors to the Community standards that will be applicable to them after accession and assisting them to develop institutions for the agricultural sector and rural areas. IPARD is under the responsibility of DG AGRI and related activities are programmed and implemented in indirect management mode through a system of accredited national and local structures (IPARD Agency and Managing Authority). EUD - Section TRADE - supports and facilitates DG AGRI task in ensuring country expertise and liaison with local authorities.


IPARD II measures

EU Contribution (EUR)

Investments in Physical Assets of Agricultural Holdings


Investments in Physical Assets Concerning Processing and Marketing of Agricultural and Fishery Products


Agri-Environment-Climate and Organic Farming


Implementation of Local Development Strategies – LEADER Approach


Investments in Rural Public Infrastructure


Farm Diversification and Business Development


Technical Assistance





Importance of IPARD


Rural economy faces nowadays significant responsibilities in facing the challenges relating to food safety, climate change, growth and jobs in rural areas. A sound Rural Development Policy needs to support those who are in the first line to take up those challenges.


In the EU, rural development policy plays a key part in promoting smart, sustainable and inclusive growth of rural communities. This is, to a large extent, mirrored by the IPARD Programme dedicated to Turkey.


IPARD – as a programme co-funded by the European Union in Turkey - supports a very wide spectrum of activities all in the logic of sustaining thriving rural communities. IPARD funded projects support women and young entrepreneurs as well.


Just to mention some of the tangible contributions that IPARD has brought in improving the lives of Turkey's rural citizens:

  • the program has, so far, provided investment support to 11,000 projects on farms, food processing companies and rural diversification and enterprises;
  • it has created an estimated 56.000 jobs;
  • it has financed the full upgrading of 2,100 farms or processing establishments to EU standards, which also provides new trade opportunities for Turkish exporters to the EU market.


The programme is making a real difference, and it will do even more in the coming years.


Through IPARD the EU provides significant funding for Turkey - more than €1.5 billion during the 2007 to 2020 period. Half of this amount - over €800 million – is available under the second Rural Development programme (IPARD II) which just started being operating and will continue until 2020.


When taken together with national Turkish resources and private funding from beneficiaries - the total investment is in the range of 4 billion EUR for the 2007 to 2020 period.


The importance of IPARD stems from the volume of the funds and from the nature of the actions funded. Its wide coverage of the country at large - reaching remote areas - and the nature of the beneficiaries (small and medium entrepreneurs and farmers) make of IPARD activities a real tool for rural development, attracting an increasing number of potential beneficiaries to submit their applications. On top of this, the programme has a strong leverage effect and is apt to generate investments up to twice the amount funded. The creation of national bodies like the IPARD Agency who are working on the ground and ensuring the implementation in a capillary way makes of IPARD also a good example of partnership between EU and Turkish administrations. This is why it is called as success story in EU-Turkey cooperation.