Our Rector Prof. Dr. Okumuş Participated in the Helichrysum Arenarium Harvest

Our Rector Prof. Dr. Nurullah Okumuş participated in the first harvest of the Helichrysum arenarium plant. The event, in which Afyonkarahisar Governor Assoc. Dr. Kübra Güran Yiğitbaşı, Afyonkarahisar Deputy Atty. İbrahim Yurdunuseven, Provincial Assembly (IGM) President Burhanettin Çoban and the directors of the institutions were also present, was held by the Special Provincial Administration on 22.000 m2 land belonging to the treasury in the Çatalçeşme neighborhood of Bayramgazi Village in order to provide farmers with Helichrysum arenarium production experience.

The “Income Generating Product Cultivation in Dry Agricultural Lands Project ” was initiated by the Special Provincial Administration in order to benefit more effectively from medicinal aromatic plants, which have a significant market share in the world, and to bring the idle stony and hillside lands of Afyonkarahisar to agriculture and economy. Within the scope of the project, a medical and aromatic plant research that can withstand the harsh winter months and provide more income to the farmer than conventional agricultural products was carried out, and it was decided to plant Helichrysum arenarium, also known as the immortal flower among 128 types of products.

Governor Yiğitbaşı, who stated that the Special Provincial Administration planted Helichrysum arenarium in the rural area for the first time in Afyonkarahisar, said: “A successful result was obtained in the field in the first attempt. This is very gratifying. Because there is a serious demand for this plant from abroad. We also wish the harvest to be more fruitful. This is a beginning, hopefully, the Helichrysum arenarium plant will become more common in Afyonkarahisar. Good luck to all of us. Helichrysum arenarium is widely used in the cosmetic industry. It is also widely used in the medical field. Apart from that, it is a plant with spice properties. The flavor it gives to the food is very high. Hopefully, we will do our best to promote the Helichrysum arenarium.”

Stating that there are state supports in the production of medicinal and aromatic plants, Governor Yiğitbaşı said that if a market is formed, the cultivation of Helichrysum arenarium in Afyonkarahisar may become more widespread.

 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 11 October 2022