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“THE FUTURE IN AGRICULTURE IS POSSIBLE WITH TECHNOLOGY”

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Işınsu Kestelli, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Izmir Commodity Exchange, said that the use of technology is essential for sustainable agricultural policies.

Kestelli said, “To ensure sustainability in the agricultural sector will be possible by providing ecological, social and economic sustainability conditions.”

Işınsu Kestelli, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Izmir Commodity Exchange, which was established in 1891 as the first exchange of the country, talked about the activities carried out under the roof of the Exchange and the importance of sustainable agricultural policies.

Kestelli explained, “In recent years, the building of a sustainable and inclusive global economy has gained great importance internationally. Considering the effects of the global climate crisis and the Covid-19 epidemic on production and supply processes, the necessity of establishing sustainability becomes much clearer. Sustainability in agriculture, on the other hand, is a very wide-ranging issue and has a special importance when considered together with the increasing population and food demand in the world.”

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Stating that it will be possible to ensure sustainability in the agricultural sector by providing ecological, social and economic sustainability conditions, Kestelli added, “For ecological sustainability, we should use our water resources more effectively and protect our agricultural lands and biodiversity. Social sustainability is vital for the future of agriculture. As in the rest of the world, the average producer age is constantly increasing in our country too.”

“If we improve the education, health and cultural living conditions in rural areas, we can ensure that our young people are interested in agriculture and that we can cultivate more consciously by staying in the countryside. We have to keep production costs at acceptable levels for our country, which has to import basic inputs such as fertilizer, energy and chemical pesticides. In addition, we must establish effective market mechanisms in the local and global trade of agricultural products,” she concluded…

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