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HALUK TEZCAN: TURKISH FLOUR INDUSTRY IS AT THE TOP OF THE WORLD IN TERMS OF EXPORTS

Press release…

IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENT FOR AGRICULTURE AND FOOD INDUSTRY

According to the law adopted in the General Session of the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TBMM); necessary arrangements will be made by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry for the development and dissemination of contract production in the agricultural sector.

The law proposal amending the Forestry Law and some Laws, which envisages obtaining permission from the Ministry in order to plan agricultural production, ensure food safety and security, reorganize contracted production and reintroduce unused agricultural lands into production, was passed in the Parliament.

CONTRACTED PRODUCTION WILL BE MADE

Making evaluations on the subject, Haluk Tezcan, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Turkish Flour Industrialists’ Federation (TUSAF), said, “Within the framework of the law proposal that offers a number of innovations, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry will make the necessary arrangements for the development and dissemination of a contracted production plan. Within the scope of contracted production, the freedom of will will be taken as the basis. Products and product groups can be produced under contract in order to establish security in agricultural trade, to take measures against epidemics, to comply with domestic and foreign demands or to protect plant and animal health. With these developments, an increase in wheat planting and a downward trend in prices are predicted.”

EXTENDING TIME IN THE GRAIN CORRIDOR IS VERY VALUABLE

Tezcan emphasized that cereal products, especially wheat, are accepted as strategic products and said the following regarding the Grain Corridor agreement:

Haluk Tezcan

“It has an indispensable importance as it is the main source of nutrition in the mass diet of societies. The Grain Corridor agreement, which Türkiye played a leading role in its preparation, the decision to extend the agreement period taken after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s meeting with the Russian and Ukrainian sides, has been of vital importance for the stability of the global food supply. We, the industrialists, are also pleased that the agreement has been extended once again and we thank those who contributed to the process”.

TURKIYE IS ON THE RISE IN FLOUR EXPORTS

Pointing out that Türkiye has a serious advantage in the world with its farming culture, which has a long history, as well as favourable conditions for wheat farming, Haluk Tezcan added, “That is why, Türkiye is one of the countries that has the opportunity to meet its own needs in production. With a population of nearly 85 million, our country, as one of the countries that consumes the most flour and bakery products per capita in the world, exports flour to over one hundred countries every year besides its own domestic market.”

“Turkish flour industry, which has been at the top of the world in the supply of flour to the foreign market for many years, exports 3 million tonnes of flour annually. In addition, it meets the demand in the domestic market, which is approximately 11-12 million tonnes. Wheat production of our country has been announced as approximately 19 million tonnes for 2022. While the Turkish flour industry continues its search for new markets, but it continues to work mostly to deepen the existing markets too,” he concluded…

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