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DR. KAMİL OKYAY SINDIR: PISTACHIO PRODUCERS LEFT ALONE WHILE PRODUCTION DECREASES

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Deputy Sındır: Antep pistachio production decreased by 60 percent, the green gold producer was left alone!

CHP (Republican People’s Party) İzmir Deputy Professor Dr. Kamil Okyay Sındır brought the problems of Antep pistachio and Siirt pistachio producers to the agenda of the Parliament and said that the government has turned a deaf ear to the demands of the producers.

With his proposal; Dr. Sındır drew attention to the solution of the problems of the pistachio producers regarding the input prices and the development of the pistachio production along with exports and emphasized the inadequacy of the discounts in the input prices.

Dr. Kamil Okyay Sındır

Dr. Sındır said, “Anatolian farmers in the world’s most productive agricultural areas are in debt with almost everybody due to the wrong agricultural policies of the AKP (the ruling party) government.”

Dr. Sındır also wished success to his colleague Professor Dr. Vahit Kirişçi, who was appointed as Minister of Agriculture and Forestry after Bekir Pakdemirli’s resignation.

“GREEN GOLD PRODUCER IS IN DEEP WATER!”

Dr. Sındır, who started his speech by drawing attention to the record decrease in pistachio production, noted, “According to the figures of Turkish Statistical Institute, although 296 thousand 376 tonnes of pistachios were produced in 2020, this figure decreased to 119 thousand 355 tonnes in 2021.”

“Unfortunately, pistachio production decreased by 60 percent, leaving the green gold producer alone with its problems. Hikes in input costs have deeply affected the production and producer of pistachios, as in other agricultural products. The increase in fertilizer prices by 300 percent, diesel prices by 200 percent and labour costs by more than 100 percent shook up the Antep pistachio and Siirt pistachio producers,” Dr. Sındır added.

“Excessive spikes in input costs prevented our farmers from producing in a healthy way and the sustainability in production was interrupted. Farmers have fallen into a situation where they cannot even afford the increased input costs for pistachios,” Dr. Sındır concluded…

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