President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s visits to Senegal, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Guinea-Bissau are expected to contribute to the opening of new markets for Turkish companies operating in the agricultural sector and to increase the trade volume in this field.
Initially, agreements, such as Cooperation Agreement in the Field of Vegetables and Fruit Exports, Cooperation Agreement in the Field of Export of Peanut Products and Memorandum of Understanding on the Supply of Motor Agricultural Equipment are expected to be signed between Turkiye and Senegal, during the visit, according to a report by the Anadolu Agency (AA) who cited the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.
While there is no agreement foreseen with the DRC, it is expected that cooperation, knowledge and experience sharing on topics such as desertification, drought, combating forest fires and pests, watershed management and wastewater treatment will be on the agenda during the visit.
Nihat Uysallı, chairperson of the Central Anatolian Cereals, Pulses, Oilseeds and Products Exporters’ Association (OAIB), told AA that he finds Erdogan’s vision of opening to Africa very important.
Uysallı pointed out that the national flag carrier Turkish Airlines (THY) enables exporters to reach every point in Africa and that this makes a great contribution to Turkiye both politically and economically.
“The import data of Senegal’s food products shows that Turkiye has a high potential as an exporter for legumes, semolina, starch, inulin, palm oil, sugar products, cocoa preparations, bakery products and yeast group,” he said.