AFSÜ Medical and Aromatic Plants Workshop Successfully Completed

In order to contribute to the studies in the field of health and the economy of the region and the country, the activities carried out by AFSU continue without slowing down. In this context, Afyonkarahisar Health Sciences University Technology Transfer Office Corporation (AFSÜ-TTO) organized a workshop with national participation.

Hosted by Our Rector Prof. Dr. Nurullah Okumuş, Governor Mustafa Tutulmaz, Presidency Special Representative for Iraq and Afyonkarahisar Deputy Prof. Dr. Veysel Eroğlu, Deputy of Afyonkarahisar Att. Ali Özkaya, Antalya Deputy and Chairman of the Assembly Medical and Aromatic Plants Research Commission, Forest Engineer İbrahim Aydın, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Akif Özkaldı, Member of the Presidency Economic Policies Board Dr. Hakan Yurdakul, Deputy Mayor of Afyonkarahisar Municipality Süleyman Karakuş, Vice Rector Prof. Dr. Şuayip Özdemir, Bar Association President Turgay Şahin, AFSÜ Vice Rectors Prof. Dr. Adem Aslan and Prof. Dr. Ümit Dündar, protocol members, many academics from different universities, representatives of ministries, departments and branches, and students participated in the opening ceremony of AFSÜ Technology Transfer Office Medical and Aromatic Plants Workshop (AFSÜ-TAB) held at Korel Thermal Hotel on September 19-20.

 “Our mission is to realize university-industry cooperation by providing one-to-one service with a proactive approach and result-oriented activities.”

Our Rector Prof. Dr. Nurullah Okumuş started his speech by saying “I commemorate our saints martyrs and all our veterans who died for eternity, with mercy, I salute our surviving veterans.” And then he said that the main purpose of AFSÜ-TTO is to increase research, technology development, innovation and technology-based entrepreneurship activities in Afyonkarahisar.

Pointing out that AFSÜ-TTO was established to ensure that AFSÜ’s technology transfer and information commercialization potential is used in the best way for the benefit of the region, country and the World, Prof. Dr. Okumuş stated that the mission of the office is to realize university-industry cooperation by providing one-to-one service with a proactive approach and result-oriented activities.

Stating that the scientific activities on medical and aromatic plants, previously organized with the support of various institutions, created awareness in the related circles, Dr. Okumuş noted that exports have increased with the work done in this field in recent years.

Prof. Dr. Okumuş said: “Our Minister, Mr. Veysel Eroğlu has a leader role and a great contribution in keeping the issue of medical and aromatic plants on the agenda. Ministries and universities have great support. Public institutions, bureaucracy and politics started to support this issue. There was a problem in the legislation. Legislation has been drafted on traditional and complementary medical practices. In fact, China is very advanced in this area, but they have taken some parts from our legislation.

As AFSÜ, we organized this workshop to transform the current acceleration into products on medical and aromatic plants. We are here to present and discuss the problems in this area; to evaluate the economic dimension of medical and aromatic plants used as raw materials in different sectors such as medicine, food and cosmetics in our country and in Afyonkarahisar, to determine road maps for our country to develop the economy of medical and aromatic plants.

I am sure that the views and suggestions of all stakeholder institution representatives participating in our workshop will contribute to the progress of our country in the economic field. As AFSÜ, we are ready to contribute to the implementation of sustainable projects in the field of medical and aromatic plants.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Özkaldı: “Medical and aromatic plants should be transformed into production in order to reduce external dependence.”

Speaking at the workshop, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Akif Özkaldı said that the ministry has made significant progress in its studies on medical and aromatic plants. Reminding that one of Turkey’s most important account deficit is pharmaceutical sector, he said “the medical and aromatic plants should be transformed into production in order to reduce external dependence.”

Emphasizing that the aim of the Ministry is to raise awareness by keeping this issue on the agenda and ensure that the country gets further progress, Özkaldı said: “We all know that every year hundreds of thousands of tons of medical and aromatic plants that grow naturally in our forests turn into lost wealth without being utilized. In 2005, we produced 35 thousand tons of non-wood forest products. When we look at the figures last year, this increased 20 times and reached 701 thousand tons by the end of 2018. This is a good number, but we need to increase it.

For 2018, the contribution of non-wood forest products to the country’s economy is approximately 4.2 billion TL. In dollar terms, it is 740 million dollars. Our target for 2023 is 5 billion dollars. Considering that the market in the world is 115 billion dollars, our target is actually not an unreachable figure.

Antalya Deputy İbrahim Aydın: “We need the guidance of the academic community.”

In AFSÜ-TAB, Antalya Deputy İbrahim Aydın, President of the “Assembly Research Commission Established to Determine the Problems Encountered in the Conservation, Production and Marketing of Medical and Aromatic Plant Diversity,” also made a speech.

Aydın took attention to the importance of holding the workshop in Afyonkarahisar, which is at the forefront in terms of plant diversity, and by AFSU, a thematic university in the field of health sciences in his speech,. He also stated that the academic community needs to be guided in terms of the arrangements to be made in this field.

Governor Mustafa Tutulmaz: “I congratulate AFSU management.”

Afyonkarahisar Governor Mustafa Tutulmaz said that the point reached so far is not satisfactory despite the importance of medical and aromatic plants for our country. Governor Tutulmaz said: “From the point of view of Afyonkarahisar, it is a province where the vegetation cover is very different due to its being in a region where the climates and roads intersect… As a result of this, there is an Afyonkarahisar Medical and Herbal Plants Center established by Mr. Veysel Eroğlu during his ministry. Activities are carried out in different fields in the center.

There is potential in this area, but we cannot use it enough. Awareness has begun to be created, but we must reach the conclusion as soon as possible. I congratulate AFSU management. The university determined one of its fields of study in this area. Our city will become an important center of health in the next period. I hope positive results will come out of the workshop and contribute to our country. “

Prof. Dr. Veysel Eroğlu: “When there is no target, the result is not reached.”

Presidency’s Special Representative for Iraq and Afyonkarahisar Deputy Prof. Dr. Veysel Eroğlu stated that they want to support investors and businessmen who want to trade in the field of medical and aromatic plants in his speech. Eroglu pointed out that the number of plant species in Turkey is much more than Europe, he continued as follows: “We’ve got about 12 thousand 500 plant species. The 3 thousand 600 are endemic, that is just in Turkey. Therefore, this is a great wealth.

There is a trade volume of 115 billion dollars in the world. Turkey’s exports to the prior Despite this, wealth was $ 150-200 million, it is 740 million dollars recently. This is not enough. During my ministry, I set an export target of 5 billion dollars as a 2023 target. It is not very difficult to realize this.

When there is no target, the result is not reached. Let’s believe it. Let’s take action. The importance of this work is understood in Turkey. I hope it will develop further. There is a lot of demand in this area in the world. A standardization and production planning must be done. Business people should be encouraged. We should no longer sell raw materials, but sell either finished or semi-finished products. “

The Draft Reports Prepared by Four Working Groups were Discussed in the Closing Session

After the opening speeches, the first session of AFSÜ-TAB started. In this session, Director of Near East University Health Sciences Institute Prof. Dr. Kemal Hüsnü Can Başer, “Status of Medical and Aromatic Plants in our country in the world and its Potential in Turkey,” Presidential Economic Policy Board Member Dr. Hakan Yurdakul made his presentation titled “Economic Dimension of Medical and Aromatic Plants and National Policies”.. In the second session moderated by Prof. Dr. Kemal Hüsnü Can Başer, presentations were made on applications in the field of phytotherapy, legislation on medical aromatic plant-based drugs, production diversity and new technologies.

Four working groups formed in the workshop prepared report drafts by sharing opinions on the following topics: “Selection and Production Planning of Medical and Aromatic Plants with Special Medicines and Cosmetics Specific to Afyonkarahisar”, “Determination of Work Flow Charts from Raw Materials to Final Products and Creating Sample Model Specific to Afyonkarahisar”, ” Scientific, Technical and Legislative Support from Production to Product in Medical and Aromatic Plants ”,“ Economic Support, Financing and Marketing in TAB ”.

In the closing session, where the working groups presented their report drafts, all participants had the chance to discuss their views and suggestions on the issues discussed. Speaking at the closing of the workshop, our rector Prof. Dr. Nurullah Okumuş expressed once again that AFSU is determined to undertake permanent works in the field of medical and aromatic plants and that he will personally follow this issue on every platform.

Thanking all institutions and individuals who have supported the successful completion of AFSU-TAB, Prof. Dr. Okumuş concluded by stating that the workshop result report will be published by our university to be delivered to all relevant and authorized people and institutions. Workshop participants thanked all AFSU staff who took part in the organization and especially our Rector Prof. Dr. Nurullah Okumuş for this perfect workshop.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 29 March 2021