Organic Project Management
ISIK believes that the problem solving starts by defining source of it. By the help
of internal and external sources and funds, like SMAP, company carries out its activities
to increase the number of “Happy Villages”, spreading
the organic agriculture and the training of the farmers, both organic and conventional,
willing to take a part in the training although they are not included in ISIK’s
organic projects, yet.
The Aims & Activities of Happy Village Project:
- As a part of “Crop Management” system, organizing the farmer
training on growing, harvesting and drying techniques that will increase raw material
- 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 those villages, i.e., the needs and requirements of the children at school, sports,
clubs and etc.
Registaring the Farmers to the Organic Projects:
This is the first step when starting an organic project, for which the Agronomists
search for the right district and talks to the farmers there, collects necessary
data like their field history, machinery, equipment and utensils they have, methods
of agriculture and harvest they use. All the necessary information, related to the
farmers who are willing to take a part in ISIK’s organic project, are passed onto
the “Control and Certifying Body”, by whom a “Farmer Code” is given
to each farmer, to be used as long as the farmer is included in the project.
Farmer Inspections and Sampling:
The field maps are drawn by the Agronomists, in order to designate the field and
also see and prevent possible cross-contamination risks which may be coming from
the neighbouring fields. ISIK Agronomists visit the farmers in order to follow-up,
guide and inspect the applications by the farmers, at all steps of growth, harvesting
and drying, as well as agriculture and cultivation, while making sure that they
obey the related rules and regulations.
The residue analysis, from leaves, soil and fruit, have to be carried out based
on ISIK’s “Annual Sampling Plan” , in order to verify that the goods are
in accordance with the necessary rules and regulations. The sampling is done either
by Control and Certifying Bodies or ISIK’S Agronomists and Food Engineers, the analysis
are carried out at accredited external laboratories and the certification decision
is taken after those analysis.
The farmers are also guided and inspected during harvest and drying periods in order
to prevent any cross-contamination risks at these stages. The warehouses are inspected
for checking the storage conditions as well as the applications of the farmers in
The purchasing is carried out according to the “Approved Farmer Lists” issued
by the Control and Certification Body, where the “Farmer Codes”, “Certification
Status” and all other necessary information are stated. The goods are processed
and labelled according to the related rules and regulations, where tracibility is
quaranteed by the use of farmer and raw material codes.
At least an annual announced, as well as non-announced plant inspections are carried
out by the Control and Certification Body to verify that the plant operates in accordance
with the related rules and regulations.
ISIK A.S. supplies the drying sheets to its farmers so that they can dry their crops
in better conditions, that will minimize the growth of mycotoxines during drying
and be helpful in obtaining lower microbiological loads in the raw material.
Raw material is transported, packed in plastic boxes / bags, by clean transport
vehicles as labeled according to their properties and types. If / when necessary,
the raw material is pre-cleaned and selected before storing until processing, while
most of it is kept in cool storage.