Floods in Turkey’s hazelnut paradise: How bad is it?

Authorities said the damage was limited in the flood-hit areas, save from the region’s hazelnut farms. Ordu’s economy largely relies on hazelnut production which took a serious blow with floods washing away newly harvested crops. Agriculture and Forestry Minister Bekir Pakdemirli announced that one-third of the hazelnut yield in Ordu was in flood-stricken areas and “likely” losses were recorded as 600 to 700 tons. The minister said they would take necessary steps to compensate for the losses. He also announced a postponement on the payback of agriculture loans for hazelnut farmers affected by the floods. “I lost some 500 kilos of hazelnuts. They washed out into the stream and to the sea from there,” İhsan Musaoğlu, a hazelnut producer from the province’s İkizce district, told Anadolu Agency (AA). He said they are paying workers daily wages but they are only able to work two hours a day due to heavy rains. “It has been a difficult season for us. We expect the state to help pay for our damages,” he said.

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