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BENEFITS OF CLIMATE STATION AND EARLY WARNING SYSTEMS ESTABLISHED ON ‘BETTER COTTON’ LANDS DISPLAYED…

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Continuing to add value to cotton farmers with the strong collaborations it has established, the Better Cotton Practices Association (IPUD) explained the climate stations and early warning systems it established in the Better Cotton trial fields in cooperation with the European Investment and Development Bank (EBRD) on the field day.

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IPUD, which serves to provide common benefits for the relevant parties by expanding sustainable cotton production in Turkey, has been continuing its activities for the development of the Better Cotton Standard in Turkey since 2013.

The association, which has established strong cooperation in order to deliver more services to Better Cotton farmers, shared the practices regarding the use of the climate station and early warning systems established in the field within the framework of the project it carried out through the European Investment and Development Bank (EBRD), with the local farmers, institutions and agricultural engineers on the Field Day, it held in Söke district of Aydın province.

Stating that they are working to provide more services to Better Cotton farmers who are devoted to sustainable cotton production, Fuat Tanman, Head of IPUD, said, “We have created benefits for the Better Cotton farmers in the region this year with the climate stations and early warning systems that we established in Bergama and Söke districts Better Cotton trial fields. We will continue our activities to develop and disseminate these applications.”

Tanman also underlined that all Better Cotton farmers in Söke and Bergama regions can follow the climate station data with an application. Better Cotton farmer Abdullah Kavak, who spoke at the field day, said that they benefited from weather forecasting, cotton disease models, soil moisture and pest trap cameras thanks to the physical climate station, that they did not apply unnecessary pesticides by tracking diseases and pests in the field and that the best time for fertilization, irrigation because of being able to calculate and apply the right amount.

“We will continue our work with the vision of a Turkey where cotton production is environmentally, economically and socially sustainable,” Tanman added.

Emphasizing that they carry out their activities in the field without charging any fees from the farmers, Tanman concluded, “With the right partnership, project and training activities, we aim to reduce the input costs of our farmers by adopting more sustainable practices and by providing production in accordance with an internationally valid sustainability standard, we put added value to the cotton produced in Turkey.”

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