Emphasizing the need to increase support in returning to rural areas so as to rise food production and agricultural lands, TESK (Craftsmen and Artisans’ Confederation of Turkey) President Bendevi Palandöken said, “The importance of food products, vegetables and fruits has been understood in the early stages of the pandemic process. For this reason, in order to increase production and strengthen agriculture, supports should be given without any criteria in return to the village projects. “The land should be allocated to those who do not have a house or land in the village, but on condition that they should not sell.”
Pointing out that agricultural fields and cultivated areas decrease year by year, Palandöken stated, “We have all found out that the priority lies in reaching staple foods in Covid-19 process. We understood better that it is necessary to consume the freshest fruits and vegetables for our immunity and health. Therefore, the product grown in agriculture and soil has become more valuable than gold.”
“But in our country, agricultural fields have been decreasing in passing years. The agricultural areas, which were 27.9 million hectares in 1989, declined to 23.8 million hectares in 2013 and 23.1 million hectares last year. In other words, it decreased by 17 percent in 30 years. In the same period, cultivated areas fell by 18 percent from 19 million hectares to 15.5 million hectares,” Palandöken added.