I am Ahmet Turan and I have been dealing with stationary beekeeping activity for 12 years. Besides beekeeping, I am also engaged in animal husbandry and milk production. I also grow barley, wheat, corn, vetch, alfalfa and trefoil. In the beginning I had 10 beehives then I increased the number of beehives to 180 beehives in time. The winter is tough in this region and last year I lost 80 beehives because of harsh winter conditions. I first learned about the IPARD Programme from my father. He is the Head of Beekeepers Union, hence closely follows the latest developments in the sector. I applied for the IPARD grant program and purchased 200 beehives, a tractor, and a cold drying system for pollen and a queen excluder. Following the investment, beekeeping became my primary agricultural activity. It turned out to be a professional occupation rather than an amateur one and transformed into a commercial activity. I sell about 700-800 kg of honey annually. I send honey to my special consumers in İstanbul and Adapazarı via cargo. In case I have leftover honey, I let the bees consume it in the spring. I share my knowledge and experience with the people concerning the IPARD project application and implementation process. I advise those desiring to apply for IPARD supports to prepare projects in the area they really would like to engage in and they know best. In the future I would like to apply for IPARD and submit an enterprise project to produce honeycomb from beeswax.
Republic of Türkiye Ministry Of Agriculture And Forestry
General Directorate of Agricultural Reform
Department of Managing Authority for EU Structural Adjustment
Eskişehir Road 9. Km, ANKARA/TÜRKİYE
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