It was stated by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry that CHP Chairperson Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu's claims that “farmers are not supported sufficiently” were not real, and in 2020, a record was signed in agricultural supports with approximately 22 billion lira.
In a written statement from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, the CHP Chairperson's claims that our farmers are not supported sufficiently have no reality, and the historical record in Agricultural supports, which was given only in 2020, is the result of the constructive policy pursued since 2002.
The support given by our Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry to our farmers increased 2002 times compared to 8. In agricultural supports, a historical record was reached in 2020, with an increase of 36,7% compared to last year, with approximately 22 billion lira. 2020% of the 54,5 budget of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry was allocated to agricultural supports.
Our Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, which has developed many new and effective support policies in the last 18 years, introduced manufacturers such as Dane Olive Support for the first time in this period. In 2019, 12 new supports and 32 support units also increased, showing that it is next to our farmers and is producer-friendly.
WE ARE THE LEADING COUNTRY IN EUROPE WITH 48,5 BILLION DOLLARS OF AGRICULTURAL GDP
Our agroforestry sector completed 2018, 1,9% and 2019, 3,3% growth. In the first quarter of 2020, it grew by 3%. The average growth in the last 18 years was 2,8%. Our country, which has left the European country behind such as the Netherlands, Spain and France, became the leading country in Europe with an agricultural GDP of $ 48,5 billion.
The agricultural forest sector provided a strong support to the country's economy by contributing 2018% to GDP in 6,2, 2019% in 6,4 and 2020% in the first quarter of 2,8. Again in 2002, our agricultural product was 37 billion lira, increasing 7,5 times to 2019 billion lira in 275.
SUPPORT PAYMENT OF 2003 BILLION TL WAS MADE BETWEEN 2020-310
The support of 2003 billion TL in total provided by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in 2020-310 and of course, the farmer's hand, with the effort of our farmer; Our country has become an exporter country by exporting 196 agricultural products to 1.690 countries. Agricultural exports of $ 18 billion and foreign trade surplus of $ 5,3 billion were achieved.
FARMER PAYABLES DEFENDED WITHOUT INTEREST IN THE PANDEMI PROCESS
We were with our farmers during the pandemic process, and we continue to be. Treasury-backed loan repayments of our farmers to agricultural bank and agricultural credit cooperatives that will be due in May and June were postponed for 6 months without interest.
60% OF THE SUPPORT PAYMENT OF THIS YEAR IS INVESTED IN ACCOUNTS
22 billion TL payment of 13 billion TL support was deposited to our producers' accounts. Thus, 5% of the supports were paid in the first 60 months.
In addition, we proved that we are always with our farmers at the purchase prices announced in 2019.
For 2020 production period, TMO's hard bread wheat purchase price was increased from 1350 lira to 1650 lira per ton, Barley purchase price was increased from 1100 lira to 1275 lira per ton. In addition, it was decided to pay 230 pounds per ton of premium and support to our farmers in cereals.
Pulse purchase prices per ton were determined as 3500 liras in red lentils, 3200 liras in green lentils and 3350 liras in chickpeas. Premium and support payments in pulses were announced as 800 lira per ton.
We continue to work for our country, our farmers, on a vital issue such as agriculture and animal husbandry. While many countries have difficulties in accessing food in the pandemic process, we continue to contribute to the country's economy while we demonstrate that we are self-sufficient once again with our manufacturer, which we provide shoulder to shoulder.