The present and future of hazelnut, which is one of Turkey’s economic and social strategic products, was discussed at the meeting held in cooperation with Giresun University, which is included in the Regional Development-Oriented Specialization Program in the field of Hazelnut, and IPA-INNOFOOD.
In the opening speech of the event, attended by 105 people from the public and private sectors, Giresun University Rector Prof. Dr. Yılmaz Can emphasized that as a specialized university with the theme of “hazelnut”, the aim of the university is to obtain more, more qualified and better quality hazelnuts from the unit area and to obtain new products with high added value from hazelnuts. Prof. Dr. Yılmaz Can gave information about the studies initiated with internal and external stakeholders, especially the cooperation with the Hazelnut Research Institute of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.
TÜBİTAK MAM President Advisor, INNOFOOD Project Coordinator Assoc. Dr. Cesarettin Alaşalvar explained the components of TÜBİTAK MAM Life Sciences Food Research, INNOFOOD Project and the goals to be achieved. Turkey Food Innovation Platform, TÜGİP and the opportunities and services to be provided was explained in detail by Haliç University Faculty Member and TÜGİP Food Industry Coordinator Prof. Dr. by Mehmet Pala.
Many issues, from agriculture to processing, from consumption to export of hazelnut, which is a product with which 4 million people in Turkey are directly or indirectly related, were discussed at the Panel session.
At the meeting, the importance of protecting the hazelnut sector and taking action to solve the problems with a holistic approach, the importance of cooperation and clustering in the sector was emphasized. It was decided to continue solution-oriented meetings with the participation of all relevant stakeholders. It was stated that in the meetings to be held in a short time, solutions for the problems of the hazelnut industry will be prepared and effective works will be carried out by the Giresun University Rectorate to put them into practice, and that the Turkish Food Innovation Platform and TÜGİP will continue to actively support the solution of the problems of the hazelnut industry.