Dr. Nevzat Birişik, General Director of Agricultural Research and Policies (TAGEM) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, said that it will not be possible to continue the usual varieties and cultivation culture in the same way due to climate change. Dr. Nevzat Birişik said, “Climate change shows us that the varieties we are accustomed to and our farming culture cannot continue in the same way. We must plant our own varieties on our most suitable land and show them to our farmers,”
Dr. Birişik reminded that in 2021, as in many countries, natural disasters such as drought, floods and forest fires were encountered in Turkey.
Drawing attention to the fact that there are losses in Kırıkkale province due to drought, especially in grains, Dr. Birişik continued as follows:
“We think that there will not be a significant decrease which might affect our seed production in Turkey and that there will be no problem in seed production with our stocks transferred from previous years. Still there may be some problems in the supply of some specific varieties, but this will be solved through the institutes of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and TİGEM (The General Directorate of Agricultural Enterprises).”
Emphasizing that there will not be a general problem regarding seeds and that farmers should not give up on planting and production under any circumstances, Birişik stated that as the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, they preserve Turkey’s biological wealth in 34 gene banks.
Pointing out that they have bought varieties that have been grown in that region for many years and are suitable for the climate and resistant to diseases in each province within the scope of the “Domestic and National Seed Project”, Dr. Birişik said, “We have bred them in our institutes and tried again in those provinces. Therefore, our main goal is to grow them in Kırıkkale region.”
“Climate change shows us that the varieties we are accustomed to and our culture of cultivation cannot continue in the same way. Together, we must plant our own varieties on our most suitable land and show them to our farmers,” Dr. Birişik added…