Şemsi Bayraktar, President of the Union of Turkish Agricultural Chambers (TZOB), stated that the applications to the Farmer Registration System (ÇKS) will end on June 30 and said, “In order for our farmers to receive the support that contributes to their agricultural activities and to benefit from other advantages, all agricultural areas where agricultural activities are carried out must be made. It is important to register with the ÇKS.”
TZOB President Şemsi Bayraktar, in his written statement, said that farmers should not leave their ÇKS applications to the last day so that they do not experience victimization.
Reminding that there is one week left for the registration period of the ÇKS, Bayraktar explained, “The applications for the ÇKS will end on June 30. Our producers who do not register with the ÇKS cannot benefit from the support, cannot get agricultural insurance and cannot use low-interest loans. In order for our farmers to receive the support that contributes to their agricultural activities and to benefit from other advantages, It is important to register the ÇKS of all agricultural areas where agricultural activities are carried out.”
Pointing out that the number of farmers registered with the ÇKS has decreased in recent years, Bayraktar noted that the number of farmers registered in the system, which was 2 million 765 thousand in 2003, reached 2 million 127 thousand in 2020.
Underlining that the farmers could not register to the ÇKS for various reasons, although they continued their agricultural production activities, Bayraktar gave the following information:
“In addition to the importance of our farmers making their applications for the area where they cultivate in a timely manner, it is also important to solve the problems that prevent the registration of ÇKS for various reasons, even though agriculture is carried out. As of 2021, 15.16 million hectares of 23.44 million hectares of land in our country are registered with the ÇKS. Our producers, who do not apply for the ÇKS, cannot benefit from supports such as diesel, chemical fertilizers, forage crops and premium applications during the year. In addition, they cannot use low-interest loans, cannot provide products to institutions such as TMO (Turkish Grain Board), cannot apply for state-supported agricultural insurance. In this case, 8.3 million hectares of agricultural land in the country cannot be registered. Although production continues in some of these areas, the producer cannot benefit from the support. In order not to be victimized, they must make their ÇKS applications without delay.”
“APPLICATIONS ARE NOT INSUFFICIENT”
Indicating that the application for 2022 ÇKS registration started in September last year, Bayraktar added, “As of 27 May, 1 million 702 thousand farmers had registered the ÇKS for 12.83 million hectares of land.”
Emphasizing that these numbers are insufficient, Bayraktar concluded, “Our farmers should not wait for the deadline, they should apply to the provincial and district directorates of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry as soon as possible with the farmer’s certificate and other documents they will receive from our chambers, considering the intensity that may be experienced.”