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Stating that Turkey is a net exporter while being self-sufficient in agriculture, Minister Pakdemirli said that a record was broken with 337 billion TL in agricultural output.

Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Bekir Pakdemirli announced that Turkey’s exports of agricultural and food products are increasing every year. Speaking at the Parliamentary Plan and Budget Committee on the 2022 budget of his ministry, Pakdemirli said that 60 billion dollars of exports have been reached in the last 3 years.

Pakdemirli said, “We are now at a level that can export 2 thousand 90 kinds of agricultural and food products to 206 countries. These data show that our country is self-sufficient in agricultural and food products and is in a net exporter position.”


Pointing out that while the Netherlands grew by 1.53 percent and France by 0.72 percent in agricultural growth in the last 19 years, according to the World Bank data, Pakdemirli underlined that Italy shrank by 0.1 percent and explained, “Our country has grown by 2.93 percent, which is approximately twice that of the Netherlands. Our agricultural product has grown by 0.93% in the last 3 years. With an increase of 78 percent, it reached 337 billion liras in 2020, breaking the record in the history of the Republic.”

Expressing that a total of 396 billion lira support payments have been made in the last 19 years, Pakdemirli said, “We increased the amount of agricultural support from 12.9 billion liras in 2017 to 25.8 billion liras in 2022.”


Noting that 100 underground dams will be completed in 2022 and the target is 150 underground dams in 2023, Pakdemirli added, “With the facilities completed by the end of 2021, 5 billion cubic meters of drinking water per year will be provided to 48 million people. If we didn’t make these investments, 44 of our cities would be without water.”

Emphasizing that Turkey ranks first in Europe and fourth in the world in the ranking of the countries with the most afforestation, Pakdemirli reminded, “We aim to bring our forest assets to 29.6 percent of our country’s surface area by bringing 252 million saplings together with the soil by the end of 2021.”


Pakdemirli gave the following information about food inspections: “As of October 2021, 1.1 million inspections were carried out. On October 25, 2021, we started an inspection mobilization with 7 thousand 300 control officers. We inspected 60 thousand 362 food enterprises. We took legal action against 1,878 enterprises that played with the health of our citizens.”

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