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Within the framework of the COVID-19 Conferences organized by TGDF (Federation of Food and Drink Industry Associations of Turkey) Academy, Poultry Meat and Feed Sector problems and their experiences during the epidemic were discussed. The conference was followed by a large group of participants, where the problems of the industry were defined and solution suggestions were discussed.

The Conference was moderated by İlknur Menlik, General Secretary of TGDF. Chairman of the Board of Turkish Poultry Meat Producers and Breeders’ Association (BESD-BİR) Dr. Sait Koca and the Chairman of Turkey Feed Industrialists’ Association (TÜRKİYEM-BİR) Ülkü Karakuş participated in the event as speakers.

Underlining the importance of food sector, during his speech, Chairman of TÜRKİYEM-BİR Ülkü Karakuş said, “There is an Indian proverb that people will learn, money is not eaten. In this period, everyone has understood this reality. We knew how important our industry was. Now the world has realized.”

Karakuş stated, “Thank God we are an exporting country in pasta, milk and dairy products, chicken and turkey meat, fish and eggs. This is one of the main reasons for not having a problem in food supply during COVID-19. We export dairy products to 100 countries, fish products to 80 countries, flour and pasta to more than 120 countries, chicken and turkey to nearly 80 countries, eggs to 30 countries. Turkey will not have any shortage of these products, so I think consumers should be relaxed.”

“VAT in food should be reduced to 1 percent”

Pointing out that the discourse of agricultural products increasing food prices is wrong, “When we look at household expenditures, there are many households that now get on with 350-400 dollars. In these households, food is the largest item of expenditure. So I recommend reducing the VAT (Value Added Tax) on all food products to 1 percent instead of 8,” Karakuş added…

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