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Dissemination of Ginseng Research Project Continuing
Within the scope of the declaration of goodwill signed on August 18, 2014 between the General Directorate of Forestry of the Republic of Turkey and the Governor of Gyeongsangbuk-Do province of the South Korea Republic, the research projects for growing Ginseng (Panax ginseng) under appropriate conditions in Turkey was started by establishing the trial areas in Yaylacik Research Forest and Istanbul Catalca. For the dissemination of the project, the President of Turkish-Korea Cultural Communication Association, Mr. Yong Durk PARK, and one of Korea Ginseng Research Institute expert, Dr. Sung Kyun MOK, from the project-partner country came to Turkey.

On the first day of the visit, the group visited the General Director of Forestry, Ismail UZMEZ, in his office and informed him about the scientific researches to be carried out in Turkey within the framework of the collaboration with two countries.

Following the visit to the General Director, Ginseng Expert, Dr. MOK, provided information on the historical progress of Korean Ginseng, growing conditions, cultivation techniques and methods, areas of use, applications and the effects of use of silicate on Ginseng and other fruits in the meeting, of which Deputy General Directorate, Dr. Ahmet IPEK, was chair.

On the second day of the visit, the group went to the Gokcebey Nursery, which is located within the territory of Zonguldak Regional Directorate, to examine the suitable areas for growing Ginseng in the nursery environment. Director of Zonguldak RD, Ahmet Sirri BESEL, and the personnel welcomed the group in Zonguldak.

The meteorological and edafical conditions of the nursery were retrorespectively examined from the documents and the suitability of Gokcebey Nursery for growing Ginseng was observed by evaluating of the current condition in the field. Right after that, a lecture on growing Ginseng was given by Ginseng experts in the conference room of Zonguldak RD with the participation of Zonguldak Governor, Ali KABAN.

On the third day of the visit, the group went to Istanbul. The group made an assessment with the researchers working on growing Ginseng in Istanbul. Then the South Korean group left our country by expressing satisfaction with communion and collaboration.