Happy Village Project

The Aims & Activities

Farmer Training Programme

As a result of divided field structure due to inheritance, the average field per Turkish farmer is 6 hectares whereas it is almost double for an European farmer. Due to this fact, ISIK focused on a regional “Happy Village Project” strategy, rather than an individual one.

The philosophy of ISIK is to “heal and develop” the “whole”, or at least to assist for the purpose. As well as developing and improving our company’s status, while contributing the same for our country, there are about 1075 farmers, cultivating 4.000 hectares of land 88 villages since 1991, with the aim to spread “Happy Villages” around Turkey.

As a part of its “Good Agricultural Practices”, Happy Village Project applies the following, in order to minimize the growth of mycotoxines like aflatoxine and ochratoxine and the mould growth, that will allow to have lower microbiological loads on the raw material, and to fight against pests by using biological methods during growth:

  • Carries out an “Annual Compost Programme”, prepared by company Agronomists, giving the details of farmers / fields / products / application periods that compost will be applied during the whole year ( “compost” can be defined as the maturated form of animal and plant residues by decomposition).
  • Uses “Early Warning Systems” like feremons and yellow sticky traps in the fields in order to decide the right time for the application of organic insecticides, which will be used when there is a tendency to increase in the population of pests. The warning given by the municipalities are also taken into consideration during decision making.
  • A detailed and comprehensive “HACCP-Hazard Analysis Critical Control points” study, covering the all steps beginning from field till to the analysis at the laboratory, is followed up for the prevention of “pesticide contamination risks”.