As a result of divided field structure due to inheritance, the average field per Turkish farmer is 6 hectares whereas in Europe it is almost double of this size per farmer. Due to this fact, IŞIK TARIM A.Ş. developed and focused on regional “Happy Village Project” strategy to focus on villages / group of farmers rather than individual ones.

The philosophy of the Happy Village Project is to “Heal and develop” the “whole” or at least to assist for this purpose. Today, there are +3,000-registered farmers, cultivating more than 11,000 hectares of land in more than 150 villages in the Happy Village Project.

The Aims of Happy Village Project

As a part of “Crop Management” system organizing the farmer training on growing and harvesting techniques which increase raw-material quality

Guiding, providing and control of its farmers on the organic inputs to be used in accordance with the treatment schedule

Consulting the farmers by company agronomists throughout the year

Performing necessary activities to improve the socio-economic structure of the villages, i.e., the needs and requirements of the children at school, improvement in worker’s buildings, providing water tanks during water crisis in the regions, and etc.

+3,000 farmers receive training with an average of 12.5 hours per year

Company agronomists travel around 110,000 Kms (68,000 Miles) for training and consultancy annually
Happy Village Project aims to get national and international funds to perform all of activities, like an EC funded project, namely “SMAP – Promoting Sustainable Use of Agricultural Land Through the Introduction of Organic Farming Methods”, under which following activities are carried out.

The Activities of Happy Village Project

Registering farmers to Happy Village Project is the first step for starting an organic project. Company agronomists do researches to / choose the right district / collect data like on field history, machinery, equipment / learn methods of agriculture and harvest techniques. Farmers and their records, who are willing to take a part in IŞIK’s organic project, are passed to the “Control and Certifying Body”, by whom a “Farmer Code” is given to each farmer to be used in the project.

Farmer Inspections and Sampling; The field maps are drawn by our agronomists, in order to designate the field and also to prevent possible cross-contamination risks which may come from the neighbor fields. In order to make sure farmers are practicing the organic regulations, our agronomists frequently and randomly visit registered farmers to follow-up, guide and inspect.
Our agriculture team is involved in taking samples from leaves, soil and fruit, in order to complete the residue analysis requirements on company’s “Annual Sampling Plan”. This sampling test is done either by Control and Certifying Bodies or IŞIK team. These analyses must be completed at accredited external laboratories to get verification so that the certification decision can be taken.

Organic Project Management

Happy Village Project believes that the problem solving by defining the source of it. By the help of internal and external sources and funds, like SMAP, our company carries out its activities to increase the number of “Happy Villages”, spreading the organic agriculture and training farmers who are willing to learn about organic farming.

As a part of its “Good Agricultural Practices”, Happy Village Project applies the followings;

  • Carrying out an “Annual Compost Program” prepared by company agronomists.
  • Recording the details of farmers / fields / products / applications for compost process through whole year (“compost” can be defined as the maturated from an animal and plant residues by decomposition.)
  • Using “Early Warning Systems” like pheromones and yellow sticky traps in the fields, in order to minimize the risk of potential problems. The warning given by the municipals are also taken into consideration during decision-making period.
  • Following up comprehensive “HACCP – Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points” study, covering the all steps (beginning from field till to the analysis at the laboratory) for the prevention of “pesticide contamination risks”.