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Mücahit Taha Özkaya, Director of the Food Safety Institute at Ankara University, said climate change has caused olive trees to decrease and production to fall. Extreme heat and cold temperatures caused olive trees to dry out, leading to an increase in olive oil prices.

Climate change hits olive trees

ANKARA Ankara University Food Safety Institute Director Mücahit Taha Özkaya said olive trees in Turkey and the world are decreasing due to climate change.

According to the data of the International Trade Centre, approximately 3 million olive oil is produced in the world. Turkey is among the countries that contribute the most by producing 300 thousand tonnes of olive oil annually. These production numbers have started to decrease in recent years due to the temperatures felt all over the country and the world. According to experts, extreme heat caused by climate change and extreme cold temperatures varying according to regions have led to the drying of olive trees.


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