HEKTAŞ takes care of Ata Siyez and Mergüze, 12 thousand years old seeds HEKTAŞ to produce Turkey’s first registered einkorn wheats

The Pioneer of Smart Agriculture, HEKTAŞ is preparing to produce the seeds of Ata Siyez and Mergüze, the einkorn wheats recognized as the genetically first wheat in the world. HEKTAŞ will start producing the first registered einkorn wheats of Turkey, which were announced to be registered in April, as of 2022 and aims to begin sales in 2023.

HEKTAŞ has taken over the sales rights of Ata Siyez and Mergüze, the first registered einkorn wheats of Turkey that were registered by the General Directorate of Agricultural Research and Policies (TAGEM), for five years, and plans to produce and sell wheats.  HEKTAŞ is getting ready to offer the seeds of einkorn wheat in and around the İhsangazi district of Kastamonu city, which is best suited for the need for altitude and moisture due to its biological properties, as of 2023.  

The ancestor of modern wheat

Genetically recognized as the first wheat in the world, einkorn wheat has maintained its genetics in Anatolia for 12,000 years. The 100-percent original wheat has 14 chromosomes, and is differentiated from the existing modern wheat, from which the number of chromosomes is increased to 42 and 48 after changing the genetics. Called "ziz," by the Hittites, einkorn wheat dates back to Göbeklitepe, the world’s oldest known cult-building community.

The benefits to producers of certified seeds are very high

Ata Siyez and Mergüze, the einkorn wheats with fully registered varietal purity, offers countless benefits to producers due to their high germination capability and rehabilitation. Einkorn wheat saves up to 25 percent in the amount of seeds, reduces the seed cost and provides profit to the producer, as well as provides ease of sale with its high market value because it is uniform and high quality.