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Şemsi Bayraktar: We expect 15 percent decrease in barley and 8-10 percent decrease in wheat

ANKARA- 06.07.2024

Press release…

Union of Turkish Agricultural Chambers (TZOB) President Şemsi Bayraktar evaluated the yield estimation in wheat and barley and the support expectations of our farmers with a video press release.

“In the 2023-2024 production season, the irregular and late arrival of rainfall, especially in the spring months, followed by a sudden rise in temperatures negatively affected the grain formation in some regions. Sudden temperature changes put the plant under stress,” Bayraktar said and continued his statement as follows;
“The effect of temperature stress and decreases in yield can be prevented by developing plant varieties compatible with temperature changes. Since extreme hikes in temperatures increase the plant’s need for water, the demand for irrigation increases indirectly. This significantly ramps up the cost of production. “

Şemsi Bayraktar

“Irregular rainfall poses a threat to agricultural production”

“April precipitation decreased by 70 percent in the Black Sea Region, 57 percent in the Mediterranean Region, 54 percent in the Aegean Region, 53 percent in the Central Anatolia Region, 46 percent in the Eastern Anatolia Region, 30 percent in the Southeastern Anatolia Region and 24 percent in the Marmara Region. Irregular rainfall in March, April and May, when cereals need water the most, poses a threat to agricultural production,” he warned.

“We expect 15 percent decrease in barley and 8-10 percent decrease in wheat”

Pointing out that harvest started early this year due to climatic reasons and almost half of the harvest has been completed across the country, he added, “In line with the information we have received from our Chambers of Agriculture, we estimate that the yield of barley, whose harvest continues, will decrease by approximately 15 percent compared to last year, from 9.2 million tonnes to 7.8 million tonnes and wheat yield will decrease by 8-10 percent from 22 million tonnes to approximately 20 million tonnes.”

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