Olive Oil Auction was held within the scope of “Olivtech Olive, Olive Oil, Dairy Products, Wine and Technologies Fair” held in Fair İzmir in line with the vision of “Another Agriculture is Possible” of Tunç Soyer, Mayor of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality. At the auction, where 13 local producers and cooperatives offered 20 special olive oils pressed and bottled using traditional methods, olive oil obtained from the 800-year-old Umay Nine olive tree was sold for 75 thousand liras. Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer said, “We live together with such a great treasure in this beautiful geography. I wish that this sacred and wise tree will continue to keep our children and grandchildren alive. We will defend it to the end," he said.
The Olive Oil Auction, which was held for the first time in 2016, when Izmir Metropolitan Mayor Tunç Soyer was the Mayor of Seferihisar, was moved to Fair Izmir. “26th Anniversary” between 29-10 May. With the auction held as part of the "Olivtech Olive, Olive Oil, Dairy Products, Wine and Technologies Fair", 13 special olive oils of 20 local producers and cooperatives, pressed and bottled using traditional methods, were put on sale. İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer, İzmir Village-Koop Union President Neptün Soyer, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Deputy Secretary General Ertuğrul Tugay, İZFAŞ General Manager Canan Karaosmanoğlu Buyer, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality bureaucrats, press representatives, cooperative women, producers, industry professionals and fair visitors. The auction was held with the recitation of Nedim Atilla and the explanations of Bilge Keykubat. Representatives of cooperatives engaged in production also explained their products.
Soyer: “Olive is very precious to us”
Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer said, “There has to be a link between economy and ecology. If there is no bond, then we are sacrificing ecology for the sake of economy. If this happens, it means that we have sacrificed the economy. If we are going to do agriculture, we have to use our underground resources and water well, which is compatible with nature. Otherwise, this land will lose its fertility and starve us. We try to do agriculture by believing and respecting the fertility, power and wealth of these lands. We say Another Agriculture is Possible. Olive, immortal tree… We don't own it, it owns us. We will pass by. But the history of humanity first met the olive as a tree and was grateful to the olive. Olive nourished, satiated, healed. Olives are very precious. Why an auction is held, you cannot measure the value of something very valuable. Now you do what he appreciates so that he can appreciate it himself. We did the first one in Seferihisar. We counted olive trees over 200 years old. We identified around 500 olive trees. There was one of them, which is 800 years old. We named her after the grandmother in Buket Uzuner's book, we called her Granny Umay. Because the wise tree has much to teach us. Olives are very precious to us,” he said.
“We will defend it to the end”
Stating that they will continue to protect olive trees, Soyer said, “We are very lucky. We live together with such a great treasure in this beautiful geography. I wish that this sacred and wise tree will continue to keep our children and grandchildren alive. We will defend it to the end. We hear they are trying to pass laws. We never let go. We will defend it to the end," he said.
The olive oil of the wise tree was sold for 75 thousand liras
President Soyer also participated in the auction and bought olive oil. İZFAŞ General Manager Canan Karaosmanoğlu The buyer, on the other hand, bought the oil produced by the teachers and students of Bergama Ayaskent İrfan Kırdar Secondary School from the auction. Olive oil obtained from the 800-year-old olive tree named Umay Nine, on the other hand, was sold for 75 thousand liras. President Soyer said, “Before the Magna Carta was written, the olive oil in it was bearing fruit on its tree before the conquest of Istanbul. The olive oil of that fruit… You will put it in the corner of the house. This language is easy, 800 years old," he said.
Olive oils produced by the teachers and students of Ödemiş Demircili, Menderes Değirmendere, Gödence, Zeytinli Gölcük, Ulamış, Bergama District Center (BERTA), Bademli, Bademler, Üçkonak, Foça, Doğanbey agricultural development cooperatives and Bergama Ayaskent İrfan Kırdar Secondary School operating in İzmir. put up for sale. Olive oils between 1 and 5 liters found buyers between 500 and 75 thousand liras at the auction.
The first day of the four-day Olivtech Olive, Olive Oil, Dairy Products, Wine and Technologies Fair was reserved for professionals. The fair will be open to the public free of charge tomorrow and after tomorrow (28-29 May).