The market had its official opening during a three-day Tomato Festival in the village of Çamlıbel on Friday last week when it was visited by Deputy Prime Minister Serdar Denktaş, Agriculture and Natural Resources Minister Nazım Çavusoğlu and Tourism and Environment Minister Fikri Ataoğlu.
Named after the late Yusuf Akmandor, a well-known local dairy producer in the area, the market will be open on Sundays for the sale of fresh vegetables, fruits and other locally-produced, traditional items.
Jointly organised by the Çamlıbel District Development and Living Association (Çam-sev) and Lapta Municipality, the market has been held annually for the past six years to promote tomatoes produced in Çamlıbel and surrounding villages.
Mr Çavusoğlu said that his ministry was “working to ensure a better-controlled and planned agriculture sector” and that the government was continuing its efforts for Turkish water to be used for agricultural purposes.
“As far as local producers are concerned, we can utilise the potential of locally-grown tomatoes much better,” he said. “While people can consume them fresh in the summer, they can also be used for making paste which can be ideal for winter consumption.
"TRNC people are committed to be successful both in agriculture and industry and we will work together to achieve this".
Tourism Minister Mr Ataoğlu said that his ministry had launched a series of initiatives to promote local produce at tourism fairs and other events.
Chairman of Çam-sev Adıgüzel Akdeniz thanked all contributors to the sixth Tomatoes Festival, while Lapta Mayor Fuat Namsoy said his municipality aimed to ensure economic development of the area through promoting local produce and tourism.
The festival featured entertainment including folk dance and music displays.
Meanwhile, festival-goers also visited a three-day event in the village of Tuzla, in Gazimağusa District, which began on Friday last week.
Gazimağusa Mayor İsmail Arter said that his municipality aimed to organise such events to bring local people together and to promote local produce.
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