The 21st Seferihisar Tangerine Festival has started. While the festival, which aims to bring tangerines grown in the district to wider masses, was the scene of colorful images, Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer said, “This land has everything to increase our hope. As long as we use it correctly, take care of each other and our land, let's continue to produce," he said.
The orange festival of the district, which was held for the 21st time this year by Seferihisar Municipality, has started. Aiming that the tangerines grown in Seferihisar reach wider masses in Turkey and abroad and find new markets, the Tangerine Festival started with a cortege march in front of the Martyrs' Fountain and continued in the covered market place. 21st Tangerine Festival; İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer and his wife Neptün Soyer, Seferihisar Mayor İsmail Adult and his wife Fatma Adult, CHP İzmir Deputy Kani Beko, CHP İzmir Deputy Tacettin Bayır, Seferihisar District Governor Naci Aktaş, Seferihisar District Police Chief Temel Salman, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Secretary General Dr. Buğra Gökçe, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Deputy Secretary General Ertuğrul Tugay, CHP Seferihisar District President Senem Gürer Solak, council members, headmen, producers and citizens attended.
Soyer: “We hold the hand of our producer”
Reminding that they started the Tangerine Festival again when Seferihisar Mayor was elected in 2009, Mayor Tunç Soyer said, “We said in 2009; Seferihisar had a tradition that had been forgotten for decades, and there was a Tangerine Festival. We were interrupted, we said, 'We need to start this again,' and we did. In 2019, we received a geographical indication for our mandarin. In fact, we have done so much in Seferihisar, from the cultivation of ancestral seeds to the establishment of cooperatives, the opening of producer markets, the drying of tangerines to increase the added value, and the establishment of a union… We hold the hand of our producers.
We give lifeline to our producer. We put the wild watering aside. And we brought the atalık karakılçık wheat to the Anatolian lands again. These fertile lands can provide us with a much higher quality of life than we currently experience. This is why we do politics and mayorship. But you will see, the light we started from Seferihisar becomes a bright light for İzmir and Turkey. Together we will establish a brand new Turkey. Never lose your hope. This land has everything to raise our hope. As long as we use it correctly, take care of each other and our land, let's continue to produce. Our children will be proud to be producing in these lands. They will be satisfied with what they produce in the place where they were born.”
“You are lucky”
CHP İzmir Deputy Kani Beko said, “3 years ago, in my speech here, I said 'if a sun will rise in Turkey, that sun will rise first in Seferihisar, then in İzmir, and then in Turkey'. As a citizen, I would like to thank our Mayor of İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Tunç Soyer, who has been standing upright, looking straight forward and working hard for 3 years.” CHP İzmir Deputy Tacettin Bayır said, “You are lucky. As your brother who traveled all over Turkey, we listen to the complaints of the villagers in the cities we visit. People who are fond of production are devastated because they can't get their money's worth for their work and sweat related to fertilizer and electricity. You are a little more fortunate. You can stand with the support of CHP municipalities behind you. The day will come, it will turn around. Support to the villagers will increase under the CHP rule. He will get his money's worth."
Agricultural producer will get us out of the crisis
Seferihisar Mayor İsmail Adult said, “We are facing a very serious economic crisis. Don't worry, I'm not going to come up with theories that have nothing to do with economic reality like someone else. We will come out of the crisis only by producing. Agricultural producers will get us out of the crisis. This fertile land will bring us out of the crisis. From here, I would like to thank my President Tunç once again," he said.
Within the scope of Tangerine Festival; Tangerine King and Queen, best tangerine producer, best tangerine food and dessert, best tangerine souvenir were also selected.