The AK Party’s declaration titled “Correct Steps for the Century of Turkey” announced by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan before the election, the policies to be followed in the Medium Term Program for the years 2023-2025 and the policies to be followed for the next period, and the words given by the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry İbrahim Yumaklı at the handover ceremony. Within the scope of the messages, it is expected that the projects started in the agricultural sector will be completed and new ones will be added.
Yumaklı, in the ceremony where he took over the ministry, underlined that with the Century of Turkey, the century of production and producers in agriculture has begun, he emphasized the provision of food supply security. Stating that they will focus on providing consumers with safe food at reasonable prices, Yumaklı noted that they have adopted the principle of empowering producers and protecting consumers.
In the new period, increasing crop production in agriculture and improving agricultural information systems will be among the priorities, while studies will be carried out in the fields of agricultural input supply, especially in foreign-dependent areas, indigenization and nationalization will be given priority and accelerated.
Structural reforms will be implemented for each stage
While it is planned to carry out different and new studies on the protection of forest and water resources, structural reforms will be implemented for every stage from production to consumption.
Efficiency and quality will not be given up in the new period, where all processes from farm to fork will be the focal point. Agriculture will be evaluated as a part of national security, and vision and policies will be formed with this awareness in this process.
The welfare of those living in rural areas will be increased, and a stable food supply will be ensured by increasing the yield and quality in agricultural production. New varieties, new breeds, methods and technologies will be developed in plant and animal products. Fisheries and aquaculture resources will be protected and their sustainable operation will be ensured.
Sustainable management of soil and water resources and biodiversity will be developed.
A new incentive arrangement will be made in areas with regional competitive potential, and a fast and effective investment move will be initiated. Priority sectors will be determined according to each city, and with an appropriate planning, product production with high added value and diversity in production will be ensured.
Agricultural Entrepreneurship Zones will be established
Agricultural Entrepreneurship Zones (TARGİB) will be established for young entrepreneurs.
Land will be allocated free of charge to young entrepreneurs, primarily agricultural engineers.
The Family and Youth Bank to be established will provide the first two-year grace and five-year interest-free loan support and the implementation of a product purchase guarantee or contracted production model for a certain period of time.
Soil Database will be created
Horizontal fields such as R&D, digitalization, human resources, logistics, energy and education, which will strengthen the human and physical infrastructure in the sector, including those carried out with the public-private partnership model, and agriculture, tourism and defense industry will be given priority.
On the other hand, it will create a Soil Database for the sustainable use of agricultural lands. In terms of sustainable use of soils, the scope of carbon, nutrients and toxic elements will be determined and their productivity will be revealed.
With the “Agricultural Land Use Planning Model Studies”, soil maps, suitability for agricultural use, climate characteristics, socio-economic conditions of the producers, current product pattern and alternative products will be determined and a database will be created and a model proposal will be developed for product pattern planning at the parcel level.
The efforts of the Food and Agricultural Product Markets Monitoring and Evaluation Committee to prevent speculative price increases will be increased.
Steps will be taken for Agricultural Credit Cooperatives to take a more active role in the feed and fertilizer sector. In order to ensure the sustainability of food supply security, a strong cooperation with relevant institutions will be continued by taking into account price stability.
All facilities with irrigation areas larger than 1000 hectares in agriculture will be offered to the investment program as a stand-alone project to be evaluated independently.
In addition, priority will be given to infrastructure and research projects that will serve to increase crop production and improve agricultural information systems.
IPARD supports will be expanded
With the contribution of the European Union (EU) Supported Rural Development Supports (IPARD III) Program carried out by the Agriculture and Rural Development Support Institution (ARDSI) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, new investments will continue to be supported and employment will be provided in order to increase production in rural areas. The IPARD Program, which is currently being implemented in 42 provinces, is planned to be extended to 81 cities.