President’s Message

As of yet September 1, 2018, “2018 Hazelnut Season” will begin.

I wish a fertile and prosperous season to traders, manufacturers, industrialists and exporters engaged in hazelnut, especially our productive producers.

Our exchange, which was founded in 1936, has been providing uninterrupted service since its establishment. Our stock exchange, the main quoted item of which is hazelnut, is a leading and visionary institution in terms of transaction volume.

We know the place and importance of hazelnut in our geographical structure and socio-economic life. In this awareness and awareness, we produce and implement projects that will value our product at every stage.

Hazelnut has gained an economic meaning and has brought along some problems since it came to the fore. These problems that we can gather under the main headings of “Structural”, “Production” and “Trade, Marketing”. It is also a sign that there is a system problem in the sector. All these problems can be solved within the free market by establishing a fully competitive environment. We, as a requirement of contemporary stock market understanding. We have also started the stock market project where the buyer and seller will meet with the principle of publicity. As our project is put into practice, an environment, where expectations will be met for all parties in the sector will also occur.

Turkey, though still the world leader in hazelnut production and trade, enlargement and continuous increase in productivity of plantation areas in competing countries; For us, the ageing of the gardens and the decrease in productivity are a serious threat. It is inevitable to use modern and scientific methods in hazelnut production and industry.

The agricultural business model imposes itself with its industrial agriculture techniques focused on R&D and P&D.

Although the problems are as high as the mountains, there is no alternative for hazelnuts for us. It shouldn’t be.

With the logic and belief of “we are the passengers of the same ship”, I hope that our country and those who connect their lives to this product by producing more and earning more will be enlivened.

Yours truly…

Mr. President of Turkey has attracted attention to the unemployment problem of the country and encouraged the businessmen to provide additional employment in the Economic Council, which has been held by the union of chambers and commodity exchanges of Turkey on January 21st, 2019.

The promotion activities carried out by our exchange were approved by the ministers and institutions responsible for the economy and were published in the Official Gazette and entered into force.

The Employment Campaign 2019 has been released to the public in the TOBB 9th Sectoral Economy Council, which has been held with the participation of the Minister of Finance Mr. Berat ALBAYRAK and the Minister of Family, Labor and Social Services, Mrs. Fatma Betül SAYAN on 25 February 2019

The government promotion, which was implemented with the slogan “EMPLOYMENT MOBILITY 2019”, have started to be implemented in the following titles and content.

1-SUPPORT TO WAGE FOR NEW EMPLOYMENT

Until the end of April, employers will receive subsidy support and tax support for each additional employment for 3 months, and the state will pay wages.

2-SUPPORT TO SSI SUBSIDY AND TAX FOR NEW EMPLOYMENT

Employers will not pay social security subsidy and taxes for 12 months until December 2020. This support will continue for 18 months in the employment of women, youth and disabled workers. A higher amount of subsidy support will be provided for employment in the manufacturing and IT sectors.

3-SHORT WORKING PAYMENT

The government pays the 3-month wages of the employees for the reduced time of the employers who have to temporarily reduce the working time of the workplace. In other words, the employers who have to lay off workers due to the short-term work take over the labor costs for 3 months. Applications will be made through İŞKUR.

4-MINIMUM WAGE SUPPORT

Throughout 2019, employers, who employ less than 500 employees, will receive a 150.-TL minimum wage per worker, and employers, who employing 500 and more than 500 workers, will receive monthly minimum wage support of 101.-TL.

5- CONTINUOUS SUPPORT TO REGULAR PAYMENT

Employers, who pay SGK Premiums regularly, will receive a 5-point discount.

6-ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR DEVELOPMENT

In 51 provinces, where are with priority in development, it will be discounted a 6 point in addition to the 5 point discount of SSI premiums, which must be paid by the employer.

7- AT FIRST ON-THE-JOB-TRAINING LATER EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT

On-the-Job Training Programs provide serious opportunities for employers and the unemployed.
. Trainees participating in On-the-Job Training Programs for 3 months

. For 6 months in manufacturing and IT sectors

. For 9 months in strategic areas such as Cyber, Security, Coding, Renewable Energy

Wage and insurance support will be provided by the Government.

Child care support of female participants, who have children between 2-5 ages, will also be provided by the government.

8-FULL SUPPORT FOR QUALIFIED LABOR TRAINING

Within the scope of the Vocational Training and Skill Development Cooperation Project (MRGİP), vocational training courses are held up to 8 months. The state covers the wages and insurance subsidy of the trainees.

Price stability is one of the most important indicators reflecting the situation of macroeconomics.

After 2002, Turkey has achieved an important improvement in the financial and political stability along with price stability is ensured to fall to single-digit levels of inflation.

With the effect of the unusual movements in the exchange rates recently, the inflation rate has increased again to double digits.

Increasing inflation adversely affects both our citizens with reduced purchasing power and our firms due to increased input costs and interest rates.

In order to overcome all these problems, we find and support the Anti-Inflation Program prepared by our Ministry of Treasury and Finance and launched under the leadership of our Minister Mr. Berat Albayrak.

Because, neither the public sector alone or the private sector alone can combat inflation. Responsibility and duty pertain to all.

Fighting against inflation is also fighting against unemployment, high-interest rates, and rising input costs.

The Turkish private sector, with our state, has a total stance and puts its hand under the stone.

In this framework, TOBB and Chambers-Commodity Exchanges, as in every national issue, have common solidarity across the country in this regard.

Our Chambers and Commodity Exchanges in 81 provinces and 160 districts embrace the fight against inflation and initiate work for the broadest participation of our companies.

At this point, we would like to emphasize that the stronger support of this struggle is, the greater the effect will be.

From the financial sector to the real sector, so our citizens from the public, we must engage the same goal as all of Turkey.

If we all be one heart and one voice, we are sure that we will get results in the fight against inflation.

We firmly believe that both our companies and our nation will participate in the broadest total fight against inflation in the broadest way.

As the ORDU COMMODITY EXCHANGE, we request and welcome to support and participation of all our Chamber / Exchange members through our valuable press members.

I believe that as the province of ORDU, we will show the necessary sacrifice and this economic struggle initiated for our country and nation will be at the forefront.

We will leave behind this difficult process with this strong coordination and consultation between the public and private sector.

Sincerely yours,

Ziver KAHRAMAN

Chairman of the Board

28 SEPTEMBER 2018 PROJECT CLOSING MEETING SPEECH

We welcome to the closing meeting of the 2-years-applied project of “in hazelnut production review of traditional and modern applications”, which has been conducted by our Commodity Exchange and supported by the National Agency of Turkey.

The project team will inform you about the project, which consists of Ordu Governorship, Ordu University and Altınordu Chamber of Agriculture as local partners and TUSCIA (TUŞA) University from Italy and IRTA from Spain as international partners.

It is said in an African proverb; “If the lions do not tell their own stories, we will listen to more hunter stories.” I want to tell you about our institution, Ordu Commodity Exchange and our project vision.

The Ordu Commodity Exchange was established in 1936 and has been providing uninterrupted service since its establishment. Our Exchange, which was a directorate within the Chamber of Commerce when it was established, has gained a detached structure today and has become an institutional and accredited institution with its own service building.

Our commodity exchange, which provides commercial security by tracking the products in its quotation from the production stage to the final stage with its 350 registered members, also creates robust and reliable statistics as it conducts document-based transactions. This also applies to the other 112 Commodity Exchanges across the country. With peace of mind, I can say that “Today, the most accurate and up-to-date statistical data about hazelnuts are created by Ordu Commodity Exchange.”

We immediately share all the data we have with our communication channels with the public. We have a transparent and understandable service standard.

As Ordu Commodity Exchange, we attach importance to making projects, with a particular emphasis on the issues in our job description. We also pay utmost attention to being a partner in projects related to our field of activity.

We believe that projects are magical tools for establishing corporate relations, and as we experience more, we comprehend. The ability of institutions to use their resources efficiently and grow by saving is related to their ability to produce and execute projects. We continue to produce and implement projects with the project office we have created within this understanding.

After completing the conducting of the project, we published a book translated into Turkish, English, Spanish and Italian languages. This printed book will be released to the public.

Within the scope of the project, we prepare a book, which includes the details information that is related to observations and applications of the mobilities of Spain, Turkey and Italy. In addition, we have created a sample hazelnut garden in Ordu University. We will visit the garden after this program. The garden will be allocated as a model for people, who want to create a garden in the future.

Dear Attendees,

Our main aim in our project titled “Review of Traditional and Modern Techniques in Hazelnut Production” and the other projects that we have prepared for this purpose is to draw attention to quality and efficiency in hazelnut. Today, when we check the problems in the sector, we encounter in generally the Price of the hazelnut. However, price is the result of many problems. In fact, the main factors that affect quality and productivity and increase costs are the main problems.

There are also a number of problems in the sector that interact with each other at the “Structural, Production, Marketing and Export” stages. We have to see the problems as a whole and take care of the solution process is also interactive. Although the projects we conduct have a vision of achieving better results, they are essentially aiming to get rid of these problems.

Hazelnut is a production and trade pattern that has no alternative, especially for our region. Believing in this reality, we have to deal with the subject on scientific grounds without populism. We have to be much more sensitive to a product such as a hazelnut, which is a leader in its production and trade, which directly affects the fate of a geographical region.

It should not be reduced the problems of hazelnuts just to “Price”. We agree that production and trade are made to make a profit to make money. Making a profit is like breathing. A commercial activity breathes through the profit and loss mechanism and thus it continues its existence. You cannot alive with just taking breathe without breathing out. In this case, it is useless to build the production and trade just on profit, and when you cannot make a profit, to become worse than to shorten the production and commercial life and to degrade its quality. Therefore, we have to be profitable.

We should know that there are profit and loss in the trade. We should also know that if we don’t attach importance to quality and efficiency and encourage branding, new and strong markets will be damaged.

Dear attendees, in short, are the reality of the high costs that put the price as a problem.

In this context, it is necessary to look at the titles that come to mind first and roughly to reduce the costs.

Agricultural management should be started. Average land size should be increased to profitable scale, methods such as land consolidation should become routine.

Industrial production techniques should be used and labor-intensive production culture should be abandoned.

An effective stock control system should be established.

New markets should be found and a brand should be created.

The final product with value-added should be produced. R&D and P&D should be focused on. Innovative investment and project intellection should be emphasized.
Producer organizations and / or cooperatives need to be implemented.
Elimination of structural problems and enactment of Hazelnut Law Disciplined markets where buyers and sellers come together, namely commodity exchange should be highlighted. As Ordu Commodity Exchange, we also run a project on “sales hall and Spot Exchange Operations”. In the short term, in line with the definition of the stock market, we will bring the structure that the buyer and seller will come together with the publicity principle to the sector.

Especially when our cost is so high in the production process and our efficiency is so low, it is impossible to satisfy the price to be formed satisfactorily.

We take care of to bring together all actors in the sector with a stakeholder perspective with the projects we implement. Making the producer and the merchant hostile to each other by targeting will not serve anything other than enlarging the problems. We also attach importance to R&D and P&D studies in cooperation with university and industry.

We are conscious of number of projects we implemented are not enough. Projects should be measured not by their budget size, but by their impact on the sector. We are looking for value-creating and sustainable projects.

One of the main arguments that will save institutions from focusing on people and events is having of project culture. In this understanding, I would like to thank our partners, who contributed and supported to our project, where we gathered to hold the closing meeting today. I would like to express my sincerity that we intend to be together again in such projects that lead to the culture of producing and sharing together.

Before I end my speech, I wish that the outputs of our project will bring benefits to our city and country. I would like to thank you once again for your participation and contributions, and I offer you all my deepest love and deepest respect.

Dear members!

My dear friends!

We are experiencing this honour and feel joyful over once again with your trust and favour. I thank each of you individually, God bless you.

This eximious institution, which we have been the manager of the last period, draws its strength from its valuable members. As it was in the past, we will continue to draw our strength from you. We will determine our road map with you and we will spend our energy on you.

Our election has been held. This is the result. We voted the election in the democratic environment. The result of the election is our freewill. No matter which side we used our free will, competition and race have ended after opening the ballot box, unity, togetherness and friendship have begun. We don’t consider elections as competition or struggle. This is a relay race. As you know well, we do not have any financial gain, we commit to providing service on a voluntary basis, so this is a heart business. It is not possible to break the heart in the works done heartfelt.

We are full of the joys of spring in the night and new period stand in front of us like an unopened book. Our projects are ready for this new period and we shared many of these projects with you. We will pick up where we leave off right away tomorrow.

We can’t thank our valuable members, who have heartfelt and support us at all events, enough.

Dear friends,

Even though there is a lot to be said, I would like to express my gratitude saying, “Day is the day of work, not the day of saying,” and I wish God to be our helper and help in this path we will walk together.

Thanks a lot!

ZİVER KAHRAMAN

ORDU COMMODITY EXCHANGE CHAIRMAN

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