As we talk about the strategic geographical location of Turkey, we should talk about its fertile lands, too.
Being located in the ancient “Fertile Crescent” between Asia and Europe, Turkey is one of the richest regions in the world in terms of vegetation. Thanks to the advantages of the climate zone it is in as well as its geographic location, 11.000 species of vegetation grow on its lands. 30% of these are endemic to Turkey. Therefore, Turkey is exporting around 200 medical and aromatic plants today.
Each year about 60 new species are added to the flora of Turkey with the ongoing floristic studies. In an era when the world gravitates towards plant resources in wellness and treatment, and "return to nature" trend is on the rise in gastronomy from farm to table; the potential that its richness in vegetation will bring to Turkey is very high.
Turkey, feeding more than 100 million people including foreign tourists every year, performs 10 billion dollars of export in this field. The growth in the food sector continues. With the production by more than 40,000 organizations with around 600,000 people, the food industry is moving towards being a 300-billion-dollar sector.
Anatolia, attracting the interest of international investors with its unpolluted lands, has a significant advantage in organic agriculture, which is a rising trend in the world, and in food export, if it manages to put this potential into good use.
Turkey is the leading agricultural producer in Europe and the biggest 7th in the world, in terms of agricultural revenue. Turkey is the number one producer of nuts, cherries, figs, apricots and quince in the world. And it is among the world's top 5 manufacturers in many other products. It is among the top 10 manufacturers in many products including industrial products such as cotton. It has a privileged place among all the world producers, with its non-GMO cotton production. Turkey's advantageous position due to its fertile soil will continue to get stronger in future years.