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HİSTORY


History

Olive oil production in Marmara Island goes to the period of Rome people. Olive cultivation has become a major existence means of the local population of that period and Turkish people of Girit domiciled to the Marmara Island according to the interchange provision of 1924 Lausanne Treaty. During that period, everyone make use of olive for oneself. Population dealing with olive production had own olives large tanks and olive oil jars. Most of these storage means were the remaining of from Rum people, some of which were made new. In that period olive oil production was difficult.  

 

In later years, as the islanders understand that it is difficult to realize a significant benefit from the individual and small-scale production efforts, in 1960 some of the leading olive producers affiliate with Erdek Olive Agriculture Sale Cooperative, encouraging other producers of Marmara for affiliation.  Than all of them become a partner of the Cooperative, realizing benefit from their production.  

 

Harvesting olives, on the following day delivering them to the Erdek cooperative via mail vehicle, sometimes failing in the delivery due to bad air conditions, the producers of Marmara Island, on a given day, quit to use old traditional and small-scale production methods, such as pressing the olives in the small tanks. In 1988 Experts of Erdek Cooperative purchased olives for the first time; after, on 30.12.1988, 996 Marmara Island Olive Agriculture Sale Kooperatifi was established..

 

Founders;

  1. HALİL RÜŞTÜ KIRIK

  2. EMİN TOKSÖZ

  3. ALİ AKSU

  4. ZEKİ ÖZKAN

  5. ALİ ÖZKAYA

  6. OSMAN BOZKURT

  7. RAHMİ GÜNDOĞAN

  8. KADİR ALGAN

  9. RECEP ÇELİKLİ

  10. MUSTA MERSİN

 

The cooperative had no own building, so we leased a building. Purchased olives were being pickled in brine in depots of Erdek. In the first year purchase volume was 182 tons; 424 partners were delivered to our cooperative from Erdek cooperative. In 1990, we purchased present management building and field of our depot for a low cost, by the decision of Municipality Council and the construction works was carried out by our association. The mayor had great contributions in the establishment of our cooperative. The mayor, Halil Rüştü Kırık was born in Marmara Island in 1941. He was elected as the Mayor of Marmara Municipality. He acted as the first Chair of Marmara Island Coperative in 1988. He has been elected as a member of our Borad of Asociation on 17.12.1991. Acted as the mayor for there subsequent terms, Kırık died in 2005 due to a serious disease contracted in 2005.  

 

Our cooperative moved to new building in June 1993, pickling the product of year 1993/1994 in our own depot. Marmara Depot with 510 tons of capacity was adequate for that season. Lack of a cooperative in the region put the producers into action, with increase in olive production in every passing day. Harvest of 2000 and 2002 exceeded the 1000 tons. Owing to the increase in olive production, Marmara Island Cooperative’s demand for depot was increased and a great part of olive was pickled in the brine in depots in Erdek. Therefore, in 2000 we purchased the field next our cooperative. Nowadays, we are intend to make HALİL RÜŞTÜ KIRIK depot ready for the service and 2005/2006 olive purchase campaign 

 

On the other hand, our cooperative has 756 registered partners.