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İbrahim Yumaklı: New investments will provide agricultural lands with water

Minister of Agriculture and Forestry İbrahim Yumaklı said, “With the investments to be made in 2024, we aim to ramp up the area opened to irrigation from 7.1 million hectares to 7.23 million hectares and the amount of area with completed consolidation from 7.3 million hectares to 7.9 million hectares.”

İbrahim Yumaklı

DSİ ACCELERATED IRRIGATION INVESTMENTS…

According to a written statement by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, the General Directorate of State Hydraulic Works (DSİ) accelerated irrigation investments to ensure food supply security with global warming.

With the investments made by DSİ, 7.1 million hectares of land, which corresponds to 80 percent of Türkiye’s technically and economically irrigable land, has been brought under irrigation.

WITH IRRIGATION, IT IS POSSIBLE TO PRODUCE MORE DIVERSIFIED, MORE AND HIGHER QUALITY PRODUCTION…

Minister of Agriculture and Forestry İbrahim Yumaklı stated that the demand for clean and safe food has boosted rapidly with the increase in the world population.

Yumaklı pointed out that the importance of water has been observed once again with the droughts experienced in recent years due to the decrease in precipitation due to the effect of global warming and explained, “At this point, food security and supply depending on agriculture and water has become our most important issue. Irrigation is an investment that has a multiplier effect in agriculture. Transition to irrigated agriculture is a driving force for other sectors as well as providing services to the agricultural sector. It is possible to produce more diverse, more and higher quality production with irrigation.”

Noting that Türkiye’s agricultural lands are approximately 24 million hectares and the amount of land that can be technically and economically irrigated is determined as 8.5 million hectares, Yumaklı added, “Approximately 7.1 million hectares of land, corresponding to 80 percent of the technically and economically irrigable land, has been opened to irrigation by 2023.”

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