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Hayrettin Uçak: Young entrepreneurs will prevent food losses with artificial intelligence

Press release…

Losses in the food sector to be prevented with projects to be developed by young people…

Artificial intelligence (AI) to combine with the synergy of young entrepreneurs to prevent food losses…

Hayrettin Uçak

Fresh fruit and vegetable sector to use artificial intelligence to prevent losses and implement projects with young people…

Food losses to be prevented and billions of dollars of added value will be provided…

Türkiye, which produces nearly 60 million tonnes of fresh fruit and vegetables annually, has taken action to prevent product losses exceeding 30 percent in the fruit and vegetable sector with projects to be developed by young entrepreneurs with artificial intelligence support.

“We lose millions of tonnes of fruits and vegetables every year in Türkiye without being able to consume them due to reasons such as production, harvesting, post-harvest transport, marketing and storage in poor conditions after the consumer buys them. Billions of dollars of our products are wasted,” said Hayrettin Uçak, Head of the Aegean Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters’ Association (EYMSİB), adding that a significant part of their work is aimed at reducing food losses.

Hayrettin Uçak came together with 82 young people who are graduates or students of Agricultural and Food Engineering at the second stage of the “Third Generation Agricultural Entrepreneurship” training programme organised by the Aegean Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters’ Association in order to bring young people into the agricultural sector and called on them to develop projects to prevent food losses.

Pointing out that food losses will be prevented by young entrepreneurs entering the agricultural sector, Uçak said, “Losses in food are serious. The most lost food products are fresh fruit and vegetable products by nature. However, technology is developing a lot. We believe that we will minimise food losses with the support of artificial intelligence and the synergy of our young people. As the Aegean Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters’ Association, in partnership with Ege University, we have completed the second year of the ‘Determination and Minimisation of Food Losses Project’. In the following period, we will continue to emphasise this issue with training activities for both our producers and exporters.”

“In our Third Generation Agricultural Entrepreneurship Project, we attach great importance to studies on the prevention of food losses. We expect our young people to develop and realise new projects to prevent food losses. We are ready to provide all kinds of support to our young people in this regard,” he added…

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