Happy Village Project

The Aims & Activities

Farmer Training Programme

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:

  1. As a part of “Crop Management” system, organizing the farmer training on growing, harvesting and drying techniques that will increase raw material quality,
  2. Guiding, providing and control of its farmers on the organic inputs to be used in accordance with the treatment schedule,
  3. Consulting the farmers by company Agronomists throughout the year,
  4. 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 those units.

Strategic Purchasing

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.