First Turkish pork processing facility
In the Mengen district in Northwest Turkey, the first
ever pork processing facility in the country has been given the go-ahead to
Located near the city of Bolu, the plant will process around seven tonnes of
pork daily to be sold on the domestic as well as foreign market.
Founder of the facility, Gencay Tunc, said "pork is a wealth unused in Turkey
and unemployment is high. Farmers suffer badly from damage from boars to their
crops. Hunted boars are either left to rot or thrown into local rivers to become
a health risk".
Tunc, an entrepreneur and hunter, came up
with the idea for a processing facility during a hunting session when asked how
to generate income from hunted boars.
Funding was sought from the World Bank. However, a debate ensued at home
involving Tunc receiving death threats.
The facility will now provide employment for 25 people and exports of US$1m
Government regulations in Turkey were changed in 2006 to
comply with EU laws. Pigs are now included within the category of cattle
stockbreeding. The country also earns around US$2.5m per year from exports of
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