The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry provides both water saving and productivity increase with its “agriculture by water” practices within the scope of combating drought and climate change.
While the cultivation of plants with less water consumption is expanded, especially in places with water scarcity, support is given for them. While saving water on the one hand, efficiency is increased on the other hand, with the applied method. Water consumption has been reduced by 50 percent by applying drip irrigation method only in paddy.
The “agriculture by water” method has also started a new era in fallow practices. Thanks to the preference of plants that consume less water, the fallow land has been narrowed by 2.1 million decares last year.
Dr. Mehmet Hasdemir, General Director of Plant Production of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, gave information about the latest situation in agricultural practice according to water.
Stating that more than 70 percent of water resources in Turkey are used in agriculture, Hasdemir said that the importance of water has increased with the climate change and drought.
Hasdemir said, “It is important to plan according to water and in this context, we have determined especially the regions with groundwater restrictions.”
Emphasizing that they are working to expand the production of plants that consume less water in 10 provinces and 45 districts, Dr. Hasdemir expressed that they have implemented a support policy to reduce plants that consume more water.
“We are expanding the plants with low water consumption such as chickpeas and lentils in places where water is limited and we are increasing their support. In addition, we are giving 50 percent more support for forage crops with low water consumption,” Dr. Hasdemir added.