Kilizi Integrated Organic Olive Oil Facility to be opened in KilisJan 23, 2015
Kilizi Integrated Organic Olive Oil Facility which has been established with the financial support of Southeast Anatolia Regional Development Administration, İpekyolu Development Agency, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and Kilis Organic Olive Producers Union, and with the technical support of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will be opened on 24 January 2015 at 14:00.
The facility will be inaugurated by Cevdet Yılmaz, Minister of Development and Matilda Dimovska, UNDP’s Deputy Resident Representative in Turkey and Vito Trani, Head of Sub Office in UNHCR, will participate to the ceremony.
Kilizi Integrated Organic Olive Oil Facility has been established within the scope of “GAP Organic Agriculture Cluster” project which is executed by the Southeast Anatolia Regional Development Administration with the cooperation between institutions in order to improve the competitiveness of the Southeast Anatolia Region for organic agriculture. Within the context of this project, with the protocol signed between Kilis Governorship, Southeast Anatolia Regional Development Administration and Kilis Organic Olive Producers Union on 14 March 2013, works have started for increasing added value, profitability, social and economic benefits, and competitiveness of the organic olives produced in Kilis. The project is designed with an integrated approach based on three major axes namely infrastructure, superstructure, and technical support.
Following the preparation of feasibility and work plans, architectural design was completed, bill of quantities and technical specifications were prepared and tender process for the construction of the facility and storage equipment were finalized, and the groundbreaking ceremony of the facility was held on 6 May 2014 with the participation of local stakeholders. The building was planned to be established as a single integrated facility with its administration building, continuous system olive processing unit, packaging unit and storage unit, all in one place. The construction of the facility was completed in November 2014 and the provisional acceptance of the facility was realized on 25 November 2014. Procurement of machinery equipment related to packaging (bottle and tin filling) lines was completed in December 2014 and test productions were completed.
Kilizi Integrated Organic Olive Oil Facility has the capacity to process 80 tons of olives and storage capacity of 150 tons of olive oil per day. The facility is established in Kocabeyli Village of Kilis, on a 12,000 m2 field, that belongs to the Kilis Organic Olive Oil Producers Union. There are continuous system olive processing, packaging and storage units within this integrated facility, which has 600 m2 indoor space. In addition to continuous system olive processing machine, the facility also has filtering systems ensuring quality and standardization before packaging, packaging units which enable both bottle and tin filling and storage tanks which are in line with the regulation of classification and stocking of organic products. Hence organic olives will be processed, stored, packaged and marketed in a modern facility that has an organic entrepreneur certificate. The total amount of the project is around 1,2 million USD Dollars.
Kilis Organic Olive Oil Producers Union has registered the “Kilizi” brand for marketing the olive oil. Moreover, establishment of quality assurance systems like ISO 9000 with organic control and certification is in progress.
An integrated model which sets a model for local economic development is leveraged in which organic olives gain the value they deserve as they are sold with proper processing and with a proper brand and package; in which farmers work together with a shared goal; in which production of certified organic products are disseminated in the region; in which national and international organizations work in close cooperation and in which the added value generated will remain in the region.