Tiryakioğlu noted that the extension of the grain corridor agreement, which was created to eliminate the risk of food crisis due to the Russia-Ukraine war, is a diplomatic success that should be applauded once again with the efforts of Turkey.

Tiryakioğlu said that the new purchase prices announced eased the weight of the producers, whose costs increased in many areas from fertilizer to diesel.

Stating that the whole world is watching this agreement carefully for the continuity in the food supply chain, Tiryakioğlu said, “Nearly half of the grain passing through Turkish waters goes to Europe. However, if the agreement was not re-signed, some African countries in need would have been adversely affected. For example, some countries such as Sudan, wheat “We would like to thank our President for leading the implementation of this agreement, which contributes to the stability of global food prices.” he said.


“It will reflect positively on label prices”

Tiryakioğlu emphasized that they are optimistic about the amount of agricultural production and product quality due to the rainy spring this year, and made the following assessments:

“Wheat has an important share in Turkey’s grain consumption. It’s a staple ingredient not just for bread, but for a wide range of products, from pasta to baked goods. We attach great importance to increasing the cultivation areas of wheat, which is of such importance both in domestic consumption and export of our country. We consider the critical level for the total cultivation area to be 7 million hectares.

Last year, the Turkish Grain Board’s announcement of a purchase price that satisfied the producers had increased the wheat cultivation area compared to the previous year. Although we had a dry winter, the increase in cultivation areas enabled us to target 20 million tons of wheat production in 2023. This abundance will reflect positively on the label prices of all the food products we see on the shelves.”

Southeastern Anatolia Cereals-Pulses, Oilseeds and Products Exporters’ Association (GAİB) President Celal Kadoğlu reminded that Turkey’s self-sufficiency in wheat production is around 80 percent, and said that imports in this area are mostly export-oriented.

Kadoğlu stated that their goal is to compensate for the pauses in the earthquake process and to make GAIB the exporters’ union in the cereals, pulses, oilseeds and products sector, to which Turkey’s most exports are realized, this year.

Kadoğlu said, “After the wheat is shipped to the mills for processing after harvest, its journey does not end here. Many foods such as bakery products, pasta, semolina, biscuits and bulgur are produced from wheat. Most of these products have a high share in our exports. The share of pasta, which is the largest export item of our sector in the Southeastern Anatolia region, is 18.5 percent in the January-May period.

When we include wheat flour, biscuits, semolina and bulgur, the ratio exceeds 50 percent. Demand for wheat flour comes from our neighbors such as Iraq and Syria, as well as from different countries such as Sri Lanka and Venezuela. We expect high income from Africa this year,” he said.

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