About Institute, Erzurum
After the East Anatolian Agricultural Research Institute had been established as Agricultural Research Institute under the Ministry of Agriculture in 1969, the Institute was reorganized different times, latest it was reorganized as a Regional Institute under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs named the East Anatolian Agricultural Research Institute in 1987. Turkey has been divided in to five main regions aimed to cover all requirements according to ecological characteristics in the latest regulation. The East Anatolian Agricultural Research Institute is charged to do researches in the East Anatolia Agricultural Research and Extension Region which has cold weather and has high altitude. The Institute is responsible to do researches to solve farmer problems in the four different agro-ecological zones of this cold climate zone.
EARI mainly focus on breeding, seed multiplication, quality, agricultural economics and extension activities of Field Crops especially winter cereals, meadow/pasture/forage crops and potatoes.
Erzurum is the largest province in Eastern Anatolia and is located on a high plateau (1950 m). The province has always been a transportation junction and is now the transfer point for air, rail or bus connections for travelers coming to Eastern Turkey.
Erzurum, 1240 km (771 miles) east of Istanbul and 873 km (542 miles) east of Ankara, is the "capital" ofEastern Turkey, a transportation center, and a good base for explorations of Turkey's scenically spectacular but less developed east.
Erzurum was captured and ruled by many different nations like Hurries, Urartus, Cimmerians, Scythes, Medians, Persians, Parthes, Romans, Byzantines, Sassanides, Arabs, Seljuks, Mongols, Ilhanides, Safawides, and of course Turks. The Ottomans captured the city only in 1514 and ruled until the foundation of the modern Turkish Republic by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk in 1923. Some great historical figures like Alexander the Great and Tamerlane can be added to the list of rulers.
Erzurum has a humid continental climate with cold, snowy winters and warm, dry summers with cool nights. The average maximum daily temperature during July is around 26 °C (80 °F).
One specialty of Erzurum's cuisine is Cağ Kebab. Although this kebab variety is of recent introduction outside its native region, it is rapidly attaining widespread popularity around Turkey. Kadayıf Dolması is an exquisite dessert made with walnut.
For transportation, there are lots of flights options to come to Erzurum from all over world via Istanbul Ataturk Airport, Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport and also Ankara Esenboga Airport.