Welcome to our pick of last week’s news from Fethiye and around Turkey.
Fire in Kabak Bay
Six bungalows and two decares of forest were destroyed in a fire that broke out at the Shambala Hotel in Kabak Bay on Friday.
Observers who saw the smoke, called the 112 Emergency Call Center, who despatched firefighters, Jandarma and Health teams and the Fire Department to the scene.
The fire, which broke out in one of the bungalow-style wooden houses, spread to the forest, destroyed six wooden houses and two decares of forest before being extinguished by the firefighting teams.
“Smart Buoy” for Fethiye Bay
Fethiye Bay now has a “Smart Buoy” that will provide data on chemical and biological changes in the sea and on the surface of the bay. The data will enable early action to be taken to prevent possible pollution in the bay.
The “Smart Buoy” was developed by Koç Bilgi ve Savunma Teknolojileri as a result of the interviews and studies by Fethiye Municipality met with Deniz Temiz Association / TURMEPA, İMEAK Chamber of Shipping Fethiye Branch and Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University.
The installation of the “Smart Buoy” on Thursday was attended by Fethiye Mayor Alim Karaca, İMEAK Chamber of Shipping Fethiye Branch President Mr. Şaban Arıkan, Koç Bilgi ve Savunma Teknolojileri AŞ Engineering Manager Mehmet Hakan Öktem, and managers and technical delegations of the relevant organizations.
Source: Fethiye Belediyesi
Forestry officials in Fethiye and Seydikemer detained
According to a report in Gerçek Fethiye, Fethiye Forestry Operation Manager GZ was detained for embezzlement during an ongoing investigation conducted by the Fethiye Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office
In Seydikemer, conservation officer at Seydikemer Forestry Management Directorate, ÖK was also taken into custody suspected of receiving bribes of 8,000TL from cutters working for the forest business. ÖK was detained and referred to the courts.
Turkey wastes one fifth of its food production
Turkey wastes 19 million tons of food, which is one-fifth of the country’s food production, annually, the forestry and agriculture minister said on World Food Day on Friday.
“If we can prevent the food waste by only 2% in our country, we can meet the one-year living expenses of approximately 360,000 families,” Bekir Pakdemirli said in an online meeting related to the World Food Day, organized by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
Saying that the pandemic period made critical to accessing food, he noted that Turkey took innovative steps in the agriculture field in this period, such as digital agriculture platform, smart agriculture implementations, the GenBank and ancestry seeds projects.
Turkey feeds 4.5 million refugees and 40 million tourists annually besides its own population, and it is an important responsibility, he recalled.
Viorel Gutu, the FAO’s representative in Turkey and sub-regional coordinator for Central Asia, said the hunger has been increasing since 2014 globally, while obesity rates have been increasing at the same time.
All around the world, around 2 billion people cannot access safe, nutritious and enough food, Gutu noted and added that it is necessary to change the production and consumption methods of food.
In Istanbul, a Turkish celebrity chef with millions of social media followers marked World Food Day with the help of two Syrian refugees, by cooking on live TV a meal that is traditional to both nations.
“Today means a lot to me,” said Burak Ozdemir – also know as CZNBurak – on World Food Day, celebrating the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) foundation in 1945, and now a global event raising awareness of worldwide food shortages.
“Today we’ll cook together with two great women for a worthy project,” Ozdemir told Anadolu Agency.
Ozdemir, the owner of several restaurants in Istanbul, spoke before the cooking showcase at a Turkish Red Crescent soup kitchen that serves 1,000 people daily in the city’s working-class Pendik district.
Organized by the Turkish Red Crescent and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC), the event was livestreamed in Turkish, English, and Arabic on social media.
Syrian refugees Amal Awat, 29, and Rayan Atr, 18, who both now live in Istanbul, joined Ozdemir, originally from Turkey’s southeastern province of Hatay on the Syrian border, to prepare the traditional testi kebab, a dish known in both Turkey and Syria which is made in an earthenware jug.
Around 50 million people watched the Turkish chef and Syrian duo make magic in the kitchen.
Turkey’s mass tree planting campaign goes international with 35 countries
The “Breath For the Future” campaign launched last year by the government will return on November 11. Agriculture and Forestry Minister Bekir Pakdemirli said this year’s saplings will also be planted in 35 other countries along with Turkey.
The campaign aims to boost the number of forests in the country, which fights desertification and has faced a surge of forest fires in summer months.
Speaking at an event organized by Turkuvaz Media Group on the future of agriculture and forestry in the western province of Izmir on Thursday, Pakdemirli said the campaign was one of the most successful in Turkey for mass planting efforts. During the campaign, Turkey set a new world record for planting the most saplings in an hour, with 303,150 saplings planted. Overall, more than 13 million saplings were planted in the campaign held simultaneously across the country. The effort saw top officials, including President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, joining the work. Nov. 11 was declared National Forestation Day.
The ministry will supply one sapling for free for each household for the day this year. Bekir Karacabey, head of the General Directorate of Forestry, told Anadolu Agency (AA) on Friday that expanding the forests was vital for future generations, and Turkey was setting an example for other countries with its planting efforts. He said they aimed to increase the rate of forests in Turkey’s total area from 29% to at least 30% within the next three years.
Mass planting will help Turkey regrow the forests it lost to fires. The official figures from August show that between January and that month, 1,800 forest fires damaged an area of 4,298 hectares (42.98 square kilometers) across the country. Causes of fires vary, but they mostly stem from the negligence of the public, leaving flammable material behind in the forests; while the PKK terrorist group was behind some fires found out have been a result of arson. Turkey stepped up preventive measures against the fires, tapping into technology and increased manpower. Since last year, it also uses drones to monitor the forests.
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates
Fethiyespor won their home match against Karaman Belediyespor on Saturday. The final score was 2-0.
Fethiyespor move up to 5th position on the league table.
Wednesday 21st October, Fethiyespor play at home against Nazilli Belediyespor in the Ziraat Cup. Kick-off is at 19:00.
The next league match is:
Thursday 29th October, away against Tepecikspor. Kick off is at 14:00 .
Please note: the Turkish Football Federation have made the decision that, due to COVID-19 measures, all games in the first half of the season will be played without spectators.
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Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor
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Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor are now competing in the 2020-21 season of the ING Basketball Super Lig.
Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor won their home match against Galatasaray on Saturday. The final score was 91-82.
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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 10.24 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 10.25 TL.
The US Dollar bought 7.93 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 7.85 TL.
The Euro bought 9.29. TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 9.29 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth
Today’s featured image: “Good enough to eat” by Lyn Ward