İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer examined the agro tourism projects carried out by the Metropolitan Municipality in Kozak Plateau, which is famous for its pine nut production in Bergama. President Soyer pointed out that while the threat posed by the stones and mines in Kozak Plateau continues, they are struggling with the disease in pistachio pine and said, “We will carry out studies that will leave a legacy to agriculture and tourism and to future generations”.
İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer examined the ongoing agriculture and tourism projects in Bergama, Kozak Plateau, which is famous for its pistachio pine production. Soyer went to the RURITAGE Coordination Center in Yukarıbey District and received information about the "RURITAGE-Rural Renewal through Cultural Heritage-Based Systematic Strategies" project, which will enable the development of Bakırçay Basin with its rural heritage, and also made examinations in the Kozak Plateau Wildlife Park project area. Mayor Soyer, who wants to accelerate the works on both projects that will revive Kozak Plateau with agro tourism, also examined the studies carried out to investigate the low yield of pistachio pine, which is the main livelihood of Kozak Plateau. Taking information about the results obtained from the weather measurement stations and meteorology stations established by Mayor Soyer, “Kozak Plateau is an area that can be called the paradise of the world. But this paradise is facing severe destruction. On the one hand, quarries and mines pose a very serious threat, on the other hand, we are struggling with a disease that haunts pine cones. Pine pine production has fallen from two million tons to two thousand tons. There is a really big loss. This is both a natural disaster and an economic disaster, ”he said.
Mentioning that they have established measuring stations to find the reasons for the low yield in pine pines, President Soyer said, “A multi-disciplinary study is carried out. Many measurements are taken together, from soil to cone. "I think we can make a clear decision about how to fight this disease together with the scientists at the end of March," he said.
Will be inherited to future generations
Pointing out that Kozak Plateau has an extraordinary tourism potential, Soyer said, “Kozak is one of the regions that will host agro tourism, which can be described as the meeting of agriculture and tourism, in the world. Kozak Plateau is an important tourism destination with its agricultural potential and richness. We have a RURITAGE project that we are running with the EU. We will strengthen this. We entered the final turn regarding the grant program. By including the citizens of the region in this project, we will carry out works that will leave a legacy to both agriculture and tourism and future generations ”.
Mayor Soyer's wife and İzmir Village Cooperation Union President Neptün Soyer, Dikili Mayor Adil Kırgöz, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Deputy Mayor Mustafa Özuslu, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Secretary General Dr. Buğra Gökçe, deputy secretary general Eser Atak, Yıldız Devran, Ertuğrul Brigade, Suphi Şahin, Barış Karcı, İZSU General Manager Aysel Özkan, CHP Bergama District President Mehmet Ecevit Canbaz, Yukarıbey Neighborhood Muhtar Yusuf Doğan and municipal bureaucrats attended.
The Metropolitan aims to develop ecological tourism in the region with the "RURITAGE-Rural Renewal Through Systematic Strategies Based on Cultural Heritage" project created by the European Union under the HORIZON 2020 Program. Within the scope of the project, development of faith tourism, recognition of the region as a "geopark", carrying out local food culture and branding studies, reviving local craft workshops, organizing local agricultural product festivals, creating Bakırçay Basin Sound Map to introduce and document the music culture, researching new income generating products in the region. It is aimed to revive the region economically and socially with many projects, especially the development of new and solidaristic models such as the "scattered hotel".
Kozak Plateau Wildlife Park
Metropolitan is also working to establish the Kozak Plateau Wildlife Park within the scope of the RURITAGE Project. In the project area of 100 thousand square meters belonging to Kozak Yukarıbey Tourism Development Cooperative; There will be temporary and permanent accommodation units such as a caravan park, tent camp, bungalows containing wood and local stone materials. In addition to these, there will be an open festival area, exhibition areas related to plateau and nomad culture, natural walking and geo-route tracks, training hall, production workshops and sales units in the park. Products such as weaving, matting, paper and parchment, cheese and pistachio pine produced in the workshops will be offered for sale in sales units together with other local products produced by the cooperatives. The project, which will be the lifeblood of the region whose economy has weakened due to the decrease in pine nut production, will provide employment opportunities to the people of the region by developing highland tourism. The project area will be transferred to the Metropolitan Municipality within two months. In this two-month period, on the instructions of President Soyer, road construction will begin with the ground arrangements of the parking lot, camping area and tent area.
Research on pistachio pine continues
In order to find solutions to the low yields experienced in the pine nuts Turkey Foresters Association with the protocol signed Metropolitan, to investigate the origin probability of climate change and air pollution in order to the region by allocating resources over 1.5 million Pairs of air quality measurements and meteorological stations established. By monitoring many parameters and data full time, Büyükşehir also collects soil, leaves, cones and rainwater samples from the region. The research team, which places the traps specially developed against the pine cone sucking beetle (Leptoglossus occidentalis), which is seen as one of the possible causes of low productivity, in the pilot areas determined before winter, will identify those traps that are effective against insects. In March, the first data will be shared and the evaluation process will begin.