In 1999 we began importing feedstuffs mainly from soybean, soybean meal and fishmeal from Peru, Chile, Paraguay and the US. We added pulses products to our foreign trade group by importing rice from the US, Egypt and Russia . In 2004, we established a full-fat and double-extruded expanded soybean (DEES) plant in Turkey, providing high-energy and high-protein product for the feed mills.Then, we built an annual 150,000 tons / year oil seeds crushing plant to Konya,( not to another port city in Turkey) to provide an add-on for the region for the farmers in 2007.
We encouraged farmers in Konya and the surrounding region to plant sunflower seeds with our purchase guarantee by support of our agricultural group. Due to this first sunflower plant in Konya, annual planting in the region has increased from 25,000 tons / year to 180,000-250,000 tons / year. As a result of this, we provided to the production of oilseeds in Konya and we filled a significant lack in the raw material market in the Central Anatolia Region. We continued to carry and important role on the domestic market with importation of feedstuffs by focusing origination at the Black Sea countries. In addition to our success in importing, we are progressing rapidly in this way with the importance we give to transit trade.