Cargill opens 100,000-tonne grain terminal in Turkey

by Teresa Acklin
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   YARMICA, TURKEY — Cargill recently opened a new 100,000-tonne grain terminal at Yarmica on Turkey's Gulf of Izmit in the Marmara Sea. The cost of the project was not disclosed.

   The dedication ceremony was attended by President Suleyman Demirel of Turkey and Ernest S. Micek, chairman of Cargill, Inc.

   “We see this port as one of the keys to our mutual growth,” Mr. Micek said. “It will allow us to efficiently import raw materials to help fuel the growth in demand for more and better food in Turkey.” Turkey in recent years has emerged as an exporter of wheat and barley.

   Asil Sami Aji, chairman of Cargill Tarim Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S., said the unique facility “pushed the limits of modern day technology.” The Cargill Rota-Grain Storage Terminal was designed for bulk grain and oilseeds imports and eventually exports, Cargill said. About 15,000 tonnes of grain and 9,000 tonnes of meal can be discharged per day. The terminal also has railway access, which will reduce costs and provide flexible transport, Cargill said.

   The most advanced silo technology was used in the terminal, the company said. Each of the terminal's eight silos has a capacity of 12,500 tonnes.

   Cargill started its operations in Turkey in 1986 with a seed sales office in Izmir. Along with the new grain terminal, the company's investments in Turkey include two grain processing plants, a hazelnut processing plant and two grain sales offices. Cargill now employs about 450 people in Turkey.