Türkan Şoray Participated in the Harvesting of the Cotton After Her Name

Turkan Soray Participated in the Cotton Harvesting After Her Name
Türkan Şoray Participated in the Harvesting of the Cotton After Her Name

The harvest of the local and national cotton variety Türkan, to which Adana Metropolitan Municipality contributed significantly to its production and registration, was carried out with the participation of artist Türkan Şoray.

The new, which was registered as a result of 12 years of R&D studies with the cooperation of Adana Metropolitan Municipality, Eastern Mediterranean Agricultural Research Institute, Atlas Tohumculuk and cotton breeders; The local and national cotton variety Türkan was introduced and harvested.

Legendary artist Türkan Şoray, Mayor of Adana Metropolitan Municipality Zeydan Karalar, and his wife Nuray Karalar, Director of the Eastern Mediterranean Agricultural Research Institute Abdullah Çil, producers, guests, bureaucrats, agricultural workers and locals attended the Field Day event held in the Flower Village of Tarsus.


Türkan Şoray, who is closely interested in women picking cotton, wore the writing that was gifted to her around her neck.

Türkan Şoray, who was touched by the love of her fans, said, “When Çukurova is mentioned, cotton comes to mind. Cotton is Çukurova's gold, its greatest value. It was a great honor for me to be named after the cotton variety. I will carry this honor all my life. You made me live one of the best moments of my life. I will never forget this. It is very nice to be the Sultan of cotton,” he said.


President Zeydan Karalar said, “Türkan Şoray is a very good artist as well as a person with a beautiful heart. These features make it very valuable. It is a great honor for us to have you with us. I thank him with all my heart. When we were kids, we used to go pick cotton as a family. My mother worked hard, collecting cotton more than anyone else. These are the first memories of my life, the first images I remember," he said.


Congratulating the directors of the institute and those who contributed, President Zeydan Karalar stated that the agriculture in the mind of the Great Leader Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the Founder of the Republic of Turkey, was put into practice and said: “He had this institute established in 1924. Let's never forget what a forward-thinking national leader we have. Producing local and national seeds is an extraordinarily important event and I congratulate those who contributed. Wherever there is a useful service to our country, it is our duty to support and promote it. We are doing that right now. We continue to work on the familiar municipality with an understanding that reveals, evaluates and promotes the richness of our city. We are also working on peanut breeding. We bought seeds and distributed them to farmers. In addition, we are currently localizing a new peanut seed together with our institute. These are not the usual jobs that municipalities do. As Adana Metropolitan Municipality, we carry out successful studies and collaborations related to these works. Adana is our city located in the center of one of the 3 most important plains of the world. We are in a very suitable place for agriculture. We support our producer by distributing seedlings of various crops. In this regard, we especially support our women by establishing cooperatives. It is very important for us that our women become economically stronger and that they exist in all areas of life.”


Head of Metropolitan Department, Cotton Breeder, Agricultural Engineer Ayten Dolançay, noting that women in Turkey mostly work informally in the agricultural sector, she said: “In this field day we are carrying out, in agriculture, specifically in cotton; We bring together women workers who have a lot of work in the harvesting, ginning, textile and apparel sectors with Türkan Şoray, the Sultan of Yeşilçam, for whom we named the cotton variety. Abroad, cotton varieties are called queens. We named it after Sultan Türkan Şoray.”


The Director of the Institute, Abdullah Çil, stated that the institute, which has been operating since 1924, has contributed a lot to the Turkish economy and said, “We actually feed the country. We do a lot of work. Reproduction and strengthening of local and national varieties is very important. We continue to work on the improvement of our domestic and national seeds in order to strengthen our country in the field of agriculture.

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