Our Story

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Shopkeepers, Artisans and Producers Marketing Cooperative

Shopkeepers, Artisans and Producers Marketing Cooperative (EZKOOP) was established in 2017 as an umbrella cooperative with the aim of supporting micro-producers through regional producer cooperatives, in marketing their products. The EZKOOP Board is seated by the representatives of the Chamber of Shopkeepers and Artisans and various producer cooperatives from the northern part of Cyprus. 

The idea was initiated in 2011 by the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Shopkeepers and Artisans which conducted a mapping study of local food and handicrafts produced in different regions in northern part of Cyprus within the scope of  a clustering project.

 

The project, in which institutions and organizations such as KOBIGEM, European Union, Ministry of Agriculture, Development Bank, Chamber of Agricultural Engineers, Food Engineers and EMU Techno-Park are also stakeholders, aimed to achieve economies of scale and increased quality standards by uniting micro-scale producers in located various regions.

In the feasibility studies conducted in 2016, Büyükkonuk and the surrounding villages were selected for olive products, while Mehmetçik and surrounding villages were selected for grape products, as pilot regions for clustering.

 

As a result, in the same year Büyükkonuk Olive Producers Agricultural Cooperative was established and Karpaz Grape, Wine, Alchoholic Beverages  Production and Marketing Cooperative (KASKOOP) was reactivated with the aim of coordinating the villagers in producing high quality products.

 

Shopkeepers, Artisans and Producers Marketing Cooperative supports regional producer cooperatives by;

  • providing access to finance 

  • organizing training for capacity building

  • ensuring high product standards

  • providing support in branding and marketing

Our Mission

  • Increasing the competitiveness of the agriculture and food sectors by increasing added-value in the cluster

  • Improving agricultural practices of farmers

  • Supporting GLOBALGAP certification process for ensuring high quality and safe products

  • Fostering collaboration and cooperation among farmers, companies, academia and public institutions within the cluster 

  • Supporting  sustainable practices for contributing to the development of a Green Economy

  • Facilitating access to local and international markets for local farmers and food enterprises

  • Strengthening the economic power of the northern part of Cyprus

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Shopkeepers, Artisans and Producers Marketing Cooperative Board

Shopkeepers, Artisans and Producers Marketing Cooperative (EZKOOP)  Board of Directors is seated by the following representatives:

  • Chairman - Hürrem Tulga (Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Shopkeepers and Artisans )

  • Vice President - Nermin Başdoğrultmacı Kandili (Mormenekşe Women Associations) 

  • Secretary General/ Cluster Manager - Ersun Aytaç (Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Shopkeepers and Artisans)

  • Active member - Mustafa Haset (Büyükkonuk Olive Producers Agricultural Cooperative)

  • Active member - Mehmet Ziya Tolgan (Karpaz Grape, Wine, Alchoholic Beverages  Production and Marketing Cooperative)

  • Active Member - Hasan Karlıtaş (Lefke Tourism Association)

  • Active Member - Mustafa Kemal Kanbur (Zeysan Olive Mills Association)