Exporters Conveyed Their Demands and Proposals in Agriculture to Minister Pakdemirli

TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle: In Exports of 2020, Agriculture Brand With 24.4 Billion Dollars

Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM) Consultation and Agricultural Consultants meeting was held with the participation of Agriculture and Forestry Minister Bekir Pakdemirli. At the meeting held online, exporters shared their demands and suggestions about the agricultural sector.

Speaking at the meeting, TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle stated that the restructuring of roles, especially within global supply chains, offers Türkiye important opportunities in the agricultural sector, “Despite the global effects of the pandemic, in the third quarter of the year, our country became one of the four countries that increased its exports, while we saw that all our sectors in the field of agriculture turned these opportunities to advantage. Our agricultural sectors played a key role in achieving our export target for 2020. Exports of our agricultural sectors in the past year; increased by 4.3 percent to $24.4 billion.”

Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM), the only umbrella organization of 61 exporters, 27 sectors, and 100,000 exporters, continues its work to reach the specified export target and improve exports. All stakeholders of the agricultural sector came together at the TİM Consultation and Agricultural Consultants meeting. Agriculture and Forestry Minister Bekir Pakdemirli, TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle, union presidents, vice ministers, and ministry bureaucrats attended the online meeting. Exporters' associations and TİM Agriculture Board members expressed their demands, suggestions, the current situation in their sectors, and expectations in the meeting where the agricultural sector is discussed thoroughly.

“For the first time, we exported poultry meat to China”

Emphasizing that the meaning and importance of the consultation meeting was great for exporters, TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle said, “In 2020, we exported poultry meat to China for the first time with the agreement reached with China. However, all obstacles to milk and dairy exports to China have been removed. In our largest market, the European Union, it is important to remove similar obstacles. However, recent developments in Iraq regarding the export of white meat and fish have worried our exporter. In solving these problems, we are waiting for the support of our Ministry. In 2020, Our Ministry has quickly brought effective solutions to many issues that our exports family demanded such as the provision of agricultural support payments, the provision of long-term financing opportunities for businesses in the sector, and the development of rural development supports.”

“Our three sectors have set export records in the Republic history”

Gülle said that the restructuring of roles, especially within global supply chains, presents important opportunities in Türkiye's agricultural sector. Pointing out that despite the global effects of the pandemic, Türkiye was one of the four countries that increased its exports in the third quarter of the year, Gülle said, “We saw that all our sectors in the field of agriculture turned these opportunities into advantages. Our agricultural sectors played a key role in achieving our export target for 2020. So much so that the exports of our agricultural sectors in 2020; rose 4.3 percent to $24.4 billion. On quantity based, it was 17.9 million tons. In 2020, our exports in Fresh Fruit and Vegetables increased by 21 percent to $2.73 billion and Fruit and Vegetables Products increased by 9 percent to $1.68 billion, and Cereals increased by 8 percent to $7.3 billion. These three sectors have set export records in Republic history on an annual basis during such a challenging period. Now, in the new normal, we need to make the current achievements of our industries sustainable.”

“Agriculture is our strongest aspect”

Noting that Türkiye has set records in agricultural sector exports while meeting the demands of its citizens with its fertile land, Gülle said, “Agriculture is our strongest aspect. In geography with such fertile land, we must do the best in agriculture. I would like to express my gratitude to all those who are the architects of these records and who have added value to our country through agricultural production.”

Requests and recommendations from Sectors

TİM Chairman Gülle, who conveyed the demands and suggestions from the sectors at the meeting, noted, “Food prices are rising all over the world due to shrinking supply and demand increases above expected. On the other hand, we have recently been an important agenda item: Drought! We use a significant part of our country's freshwater resources in agricultural irrigation. Wild irrigation in agriculture further increases the danger of drought. To prevent this, investments based on anti-watering, modern indoor and drip irrigation method should be prioritized.”

Emphasis on the importance of agricultural productivity in exports

In this context, Gülle expressed that more support from producers using pressure and drip irrigation systems, especially with state support, will contribute greatly to dealing with the drought problem. Gülle also mentioned that agricultural productivity stands out as an important topic in exports, “To increase productivity in agriculture, it is important to prevent the narrowing of agricultural land by dividing it, as in developed countries. It is important that we address this issue from a new point of view to increase agricultural productivity and meet the needs of the new era.” he said.
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