ATO Service Building with the participation of Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Ayşe Ayşin Işıkgece, AK Party Ankara Deputy Zeynep Yıldız, Ankara Chamber of Commerce (ATO) President Gürsel Baran, Turkish Patent and Trademark Office President Habib Asan and Ankara Metropolitan Municipality Deputy Secretary General Mustafa Kemal Çokakoğlu. Ankara Mohair Geographical Indication Launched.
In his speech here, Işıkgece stated that there are products that deserve a logo but do not have a logo yet, and said, “We have an important opportunity to differentiate these products from their competitors and for rural development. A total awareness of this needs to be spread.”
“We are working for local products to find the value they deserve”
Işık Gece stated that as the Ministry, they implemented the “My Sister” project and said:
“We travel around the provinces and work to bring local products to the surface and find the value they deserve in trade. Geographical indications are extremely important projects for our culture not to disappear, to reach future generations, to preserve the diversity of flavors, to develop rural development, and to create an economy in the region. Hand in hand with all our stakeholders. We will continue to stand behind it.”
AK Party Ankara Deputy Zeynep Yıldız also pointed to the correct animal husbandry policies that have been implemented since 2005, and the efforts to improve the breed and increase the population.
Stating that they see the state support as critical in their work with academics, NGOs and breeders, Yıldız said, “In this context, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has started to support mohair growers in Ankara with 20 liras per animal as of 2020, in addition to the existing supports. We had the opportunity to implement the project step by step,” he said.
“300 tons of wool is not enough”
ATO President Baran said that no product bearing Ankara’s name is as important as Ankara mohair in terms of its historical effects on the economic and social life of the city.
Stating that the mohair yarn and fabrics, namely “Engürü Sofu”, produced in Ankara, which is located on the Silk Road route, have brought very important values to Ankara in the last 300 years, Baran continued as follows:
“In the studies of veterinarian and researcher İhsan Abidin Akıncı, there is information that there were 13,555 looms in Ankara in the 1655s and that 20,000 tops of soft fabric produced in these looms were exported to Europe. Last year, they were brought from a museum in the Netherlands and brought to Ankara. This period of our city is depicted in the painting Ankara, which is exhibited in Rahmi Koç Museum in Ankara and which we, as ATO, have reproduced and distributed. A painting that reveals the importance of sofa weaving.”
Baran explained that with the industrial revolution, materials such as artificial fibers gained weight in the textile sector, and that mohair lost its importance and that Angora goats were taken out of Turkey by the British and Americans in this process and started to be raised in South Africa and America.
Stating that Ankara goat and angora have gained importance with the increase in demand for natural products in recent years, Baran said:
“Ankara mohair, whose first application we made in 2016, was registered by the Turkish Patent Institute on July 16, 2021. As ATO, we will make our registration application to the European Union in the coming period in order to protect our mohair and to protect Ankara mohair in the international arena. We believe that it will be Turkey’s 8th product registered by Europe. Today, approximately 300 tons of wool is obtained from Angora goats, mainly from Güdül, Beypazarı, Ayaş and Kızılcahamam. This is not enough. We have a serious effort to increase this. When we evaluate this product with the registration We believe that the interest in the product will increase.”
“We will reach 1500 geographical indication registrations”
Turkish Patent and Trademark Authority President Habib Asan stated that there are 882 geographical indications registered and 700 applications have been made in Turkey, “When the procedures are completed, we will reach 1500 geographical indication registrations in total. Geographical indications will create greater added value for the promotion of our country and the country’s geographical indications will be registered. It will make a significant contribution to the enrichment of
Mohair Angora Co-Founder Ayşegül Ertan stated that Ankara mohair went down in history as “the diamond of all yarns” because of its warmth, shine and durability:
“Because it is used by Queens, Sultans and Kings, it is also called the sultan of all yarns. The homeland of this precious yarn is Ankara. It has spread to the world from here. We set out to introduce mohair to the whole world and make it a global brand. This step has been taken. This registration will be a very important milestone in the promotion of Ankara mohair.”
Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank and Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy congratulated the geographical indication registration with the telegrams they sent.
Habib Asan presented the Ankara mohair geographical indication registration certificate to Gürsel Baran in the program in which the participation of ambassadors and representatives from 24 countries was ensured.