Domestic Goods Week has been celebrated in Turkey since 1946. During this special week, which aims to increase domestic consumption, all schools in the country focus on the importance of saving, investing and using domestic goods.

Having its roots decades ago, Domestic Goods Week was introduced in order to raise the awareness of saving with regard to cope with the economic difficulties associated with the First World War. Various decisions were made about independence of the country, the production and use of domestic goods for the first time in 1923 in Izmir Congress, which was headed by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the first president of the Republic of Turkey.

With this approach adopted in 1923, Turkey made progress about the national economy and the consumption of domestic goods and in 1946, Domestic Goods Week began to be celebrated. In 1983, the name of this special week was changed to Saving, Investment and Turkish Goods Week. During this week, a special emphasis is placed on saving, investing and using domestic goods as well as paying attention while selecting consumer goods and, by this means, increasing the wealth of the country.

The location of Turkey in the world, the productivity of its land, strong labor force and geographical advantages have increased the variety of products all over the country and has made some products stand out in total production. For this reason, there is a special emphasize on the goods that Turkey stands out regarding the production amount. Such as:

FRUITS
Turkey has the most advantage of being an ideal Mediterranean country in fruit production. While the country contributes significantly to the production of citrus fruits, especially watermelon, pear, apple, grapes, peach and plum as well as being the leader producer of many fruits such as quince, figs, cherry and apricots in the production of fruit comes first.

OLIVE OIL AND OLIVE OIL
Almost 90 percent of the world's olive cultivation is made in the Mediterranean region. For this reason, Turkey, as one of the leading countries in the production of Olives and olive oil, exports high quality olives and olive oil to many parts of the world.

NUTS
Hazelnuts, Turkish Antep pistachios, peanuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, peanuts and walnuts... Do you know that Turkey is one of the world's leading countries with a variety of dry nuts production, and even produces 70% of the world's total hazelnuts output. Turkey, where more than 20 varieties of nuts are cultivated, exports to almost 70 countries.

DESSERTS
Is there anyone who visits Turkey and turn back without even tasting its amazing desserts? As you stroll around Sultanahmet, it is highly possible to buy some desserts after seeing baklava, Turkish roll with pistachio and cream showcased in the windows. Turkey is not only the country of sherbet desserts, but also milky desserts topped with nuts, ice scream, Turkish delight and special confectioneries. Historic desserts and confectioneries, which are traditionally prepared for centuries, passing from master to apprentice and from father to son, are the most colorful examples of local production.

TEXTILE GOODS
Anatolia has been home to the looms where silk woven fabrics are manufactured since 13th century; and Turkish craftsmen manufactured the goods that inspired the western manufacturers. After 1980's, Turkey has become a country which exports to all over the world with its developing textile industry. Turkey, the sixth biggest in the world, one of the top 3 apparel suppliers in the European Union, has become one of the leading countries in the production of T-shirts and knitwears as well as towels, cotton and linen fabrics.

SPICES AND HERBS
When you visit the Spice Bazaar where a great variety of colorful spices are presented, a short journey through history welcomes you since Turkey has been a huge market place where spices and herbs with different tastes and fragrances are produced and sent to all over the world for centuries. Turkey is the global leader in the production of many products such as thyme, sage, bayleaf, cumin, peppermint and pepper.
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