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ABDULLAH MELİK: AGRICULTURAL PROBLEMS CAN ONLY BE RESOLVED WITH THE COMPLETION OF GAP

Due to the wrong agricultural policies based on imports implemented in Turkey, astronomical price hikes are experienced in the food sector. Abdullah Melik, Head of Şanlıurfa (Turkiye’s prominent southeastern province) Branch of the Chamber of Agricultural Engineers, said that the problems that reached the level of famine could only be resolved with the completion of the GAP (Southeastern Anatolia Project).

Ziraat Mühendisleri Odası Şanlıurfa Şube Başkanı Abdullah Melik: Türkiye’yi gıda krizinden GAP ve üretim kurtarır
Abdullah Melik

Defending that the most important reason for the problems experienced in the food sector today is the wrong agricultural policies implemented for the last 20 years, the Head of the Şanlıurfa Branch of the Chamber of Agricultural Engineers Abdullah Melik said, “The farmer, who had a difficult time with the effect of drought, did not sow his field this year due to the agricultural input costs, but the farmer who sowed did it without fertilizer. ”

Stating that this may lead to a 40-50 percent decrease in agricultural product yield next year, Abdullah Melik added, “With the increase in electricity in agricultural irrigation, the producer has also given up on irrigation. The farmer, who cannot get what he has planted, gives up on planting. This increases food prices. As a result, food inflation reaches very high levels.”

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