The Turkish Grain Board (TMO) bought a record amount of over 5 million tonnes of wheat and over 1 million tonnes of barley this year, after the global food security rush due to both the pandemic and the Ukraine-Russia war.
“We have stocked the grain in our own silos, in contracted licensed warehouses, and we stocked them up in the form of open heaps where warehouses were not sufficient,” TMO General Manager Ahmet Güldal told daily Hürriyet.
“We wanted to keep reserve stocks strong due to extraordinary situations and circumstances,” he added.
“The duty of the state is to be cautious, and we are doing our duty to ensure this. Plans were also made for wheat, and the schedule is carried out according to our needs, taking into account the ports and domestic and foreign market conditions.”
Güldal stated that Türkiye has a licensed warehouse capacity of 8.6 million tonnes and TMO has a storage capacity of 4.2 million tonnes.
“But we don’t just buy barley and wheat, we also buy legumes, chickpeas, lentils and beans,” he said.
“Our product purchases are largely completed. Currently, corn, hazelnut and paddy purchases continue. Producer satisfaction is at its peak this year.”
Meanwhile, the TMO has launched a tender to import 500,000 tonnes of barley, stirring reactions.
“In a year when a record will be broken in barley yield, when there is a 50 percent increase in production compared to last year and the yield has increased to 8 million tonnes, then why is only 1 million tonnes of barley being bought from our farmers and 500,000 tonnes of barley are being imported?” main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) lawmaker Levent Gök asked in a written questionnaire he submitted to parliament to be addressed to Agriculture and Forestry Minister Vahit Kirişçi.
By Aysel Alp,