Is Venezuelan Cheese Going to Replace Turkish Cheese?

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Turkey issued a presidential decree allowing the import of several food products on August 21. So, the decree includes cheese that Turkey is going to import from Venezuela at zero tariffs. Hence, the decision to import cheese from Venezuela raised a question that if Venezuelan cheese going to replace Turkish cheese. While Turkish cheese has such fame and variety, where does this necessity come from?

Turkish cheese with all kinds is the beloved guest of any meal in Turkey. (Image Credit-Slow Food International)
Turkish cheese with all kinds is the beloved guest of any meal in Turkey. (Image Credit-Slow Food International)

The Decree May Damage the Production of Turkish Cheese

The head of the Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects (TMMOB), Remzi Suiçmez, criticized the new implementation. He said that such neoliberal policies will damage the Turkish agricultural sector. Meanwhile, Turkey is a very rich country on account of cheese variety and its production.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu visited Venezuelan leader earlier this week. (Image Credit-Daily Sabah)
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu visited Venezuelan leader earlier this week. (Image Credit-Daily Sabah)

Turkey has issued a presidential decree. With the policy of the Turkish presidency, Turkey will able to import some certain agricultural products from Venezuela at zero tariffs. The decree came following Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu’s visit to Venezuela earlier this week, according to the report of daily Cumhuriyet.

Other Products Along with Cheese

Among these agricultural products, there are rice, oat, sunflower seeds, peanuts, sesame seeds, chocolate, and cocoa along with cheese. However, there will be a limit on the quantity of imports from Venezuela at zero level tariff.

Remzi Suiçmez, the head of the Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects (TMMOB), in the meantime, made a statement. Mr. Suiçmez criticized the new implementation. He said that such neoliberal policies will damage the Turkish agricultural sector.

Turkey is going to import some agricultural products from Venezuela along with cheese. (politico.eu)
Turkey is going to import some agricultural products from Venezuela along with cheese. (politico.eu)

“Since the 1980s, import-based neoliberal policies are on the agenda. State economic enterprises in the agricultural sector are being closed down,” Suiçmez said. Furthermore, he added that the Turkish government(s) should protect the Turkish agricultural sector against such policies prioritizing imports.

What Makes Turkish Cheese So Important?

Turkish cheese with all varieties is a very special and precious guest of Turkish tables in every meal of a day. From Turkish breakfast to dinner, you will come across different types of Turkish cheese. Me, personally, especially at breakfast, cannot get full if the breakfast does not include any kind of cheese. By clicking here, you can see yourself how Cheese valuable for Turkish cuisine.

Here is a typical Turkish breakfast with at least three types of Turkish cheese.
Here is a typical Turkish breakfast with at least three types of Turkish cheese.

The best part of Turkish cheeses, on the other hand, is its detriment. Traditionally, the dairy product is produced differently in each region. Producers made do with what nature gave them: terrain, climate, animals, and so on. So, these procedures eventually turned into a tradition. So today, you can find the same type of cheese in every region. And what’s more, each one tasting different from the last.

Main Types of Turkish Cheese…

While variety is great, it also means that no matter how much you taste, there is still one kind of cheese out there you haven’t tasted yet. So, that shows Turkish cheese is as various as French and Italian rivals. That’s the reason why you just have to keep on tasting. As a starter, here are some most popular kinds of Turkish cheese with their own regions:

  • Kaşar Cheese (Fresh and Aged Kaşar), from Kars
  • Tulum Cheese Izmir/Erzincan
  • Lor Cheese from Manyas, Balıkesir
  • Mihalıç Cheese (Kelle Cheese) from Bursa/Balıkesir
  • Beyaz Peynir (White Cheese) from Ezine, Çanakkale
  • Bergama Sheep Tulum Cheese from Izmir
  • Van Otlu Peyniri (Van Herbed Cheese) from Van
  • Cecil or Civil Cheese (Tel Peyniri) from Erzurum/Kars/Ardahan/Iğdır

Famous Venezuelan Cheese Finger or Venezuelan Tequenos
Famous Venezuelan Cheese Finger or Venezuelan Tequenos

Plus: World-Famous Venezuelan Cheeses

There is one particular reason why Turkey is going to import Venezuelan cheese, which is delicious, yummy, and softy cheeses that Venezuela has. So here are some of the world-famous ones:

Queso Guayenes - Guayenes Cheese. (Image Credit-Queso Palmita)
Queso Guayenes – Guayenes Cheese. (Image Credit-Queso Palmita)

  • Guayanés cheese

Queso Palmita - Palmita Cheese. (Image Credit-QUESOS)
Queso Palmita – Palmita Cheese. (Image Credit-QUESOS)

  • Palmita cheese

Queso de Mano - Cheese of the Hand. (Image Credit- Flickr)
Queso de Mano – Cheese of the Hand. (Image Credit- Flickr)

  • Queso de mano

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