The government is working on plans to establish agricultural organised industrial zones (OIZs) that will help control food prices, Agriculture Minister İbrahim Yumaklı said.
According to the minister, agricultural OIZs, which will use geothermal energy, will be established in around 100 locations across the country.
“These special zones are important for urban agriculture. They will help the urban population access food at affordable prices while boosting agricultural exports,” he said.
He added that the ministry’s plans for the next five years are production-oriented.
“Reducing input costs, increasing productivity, improving quality, digitising agriculture and simplifying administrative processes are our top priorities.”
He noted that the technical infrastructure for conducting the agricultural census is almost complete.
Yumaklı also announced that a protocol will be signed between his ministry and the Ministry of Finance regarding the inventory.
The last agricultural inventory in Türkiye was carried out in 2001…
“The inventory will record a wide range of information, from the number of animals to land data.”
Yumaklı explained that Türkiye is among the countries suffering from water shortage, with 1,313 cubic metres of water per capita, and said that this figure will fall to 1,200 cubic metres by 2030.
“If it falls below 1,000 cubic metres, we will face water shortage.”
“We want to reduce water wastage,” Yumaklı said, adding that major investments are planned in smart irrigation and modern irrigation systems.
According to the minister, the government is currently working on agricultural production abroad.
Special country desks have been set up for Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Algeria, Mauritania, Venezuela, Chad, Kazakhstan, Hungary, Georgia and Pakistan, and they have all the detailed information on agricultural production in these countries, he said.
“Through these country desks, we will help entrepreneurs who want to do business there.”
Wheat production is expected to be around 22 million tonnes this year and there is a surplus of durum for export, he concluded…