Fruit, grain, and nut farms curve around the western Taurus Mountains in the Antalya province.
Tourists know Turkey’s Antalya province for its beautiful Mediterranean resorts, but coastal tourism isn’t the only major contributor to the region’s economy. Further inland, farming takes over as the dominant source of revenue and serves as the backbone for rural Turkey.
Turkey is home to nearly three million farms, the majority of which are family operated. Turkey is the world’s seventh largest agricultural producer overall, and a top exporter of hazelnuts, chestnuts, apricots, cherries, figs, and olives. Nearly one quarter of the country’s workforce participate in the agricultural sector.
The images show two important agricultural districts of the Antalya province as they appeared on June 8, 2020, to the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8. Crop production in Antalya is valued around $270 million.
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