The 3rd Stage of the Konya-Çumra Project, which is part of the Konya Plain Project (KOP), KOS 1,2,3 irrigation, the dissolution of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan via video conference and Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Dr. It was put into service with the participation of Bekir Pakdemirli personally from the facility.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan participated in the Konya Plain Irrigation 1st, 2nd and 3rd Stage Irrigation Service Ceremony with a live connection from Vahdettin Mansion.
Congratulating everyone from the ministry, institutions, contractors, engineers and workers who contributed to bringing the project to the country, Erdoğan explained that Konya Plain has been an important agricultural center since the early days of humanity.
Stating that the region, which does not have rich water resources, provides this need largely from precipitation, President Erdoğan noted that Abdülhamit Han, who was the father of many giant projects in the country in recent years, laid the foundations of the Konya Plain irrigation.
Expressing that this project, which still serves as the oldest irrigation of the country, could not be continued properly in the following years, Erdogan said that the Konya Plain Project constituted the backbone of the KOP and transferring some of the waters pouring from the Göksu Basin to the Mediterranean via the Taurus Mountains. told.
Explaining that they opened the Bağbaşı Dam, where water will be kept for this purpose, in 2012, the Blue Tunnel, whose length is 17 kilometers, the diameter of the tunnel is 4,2 meters, and the water flow rate of 36 cubic meters per second, was opened in 2015, after the Blue Tunnel's Urfa tunnels He said it was the second longest irrigation tunnel. Erdogan said that thanks to the Bozkır and Avşar dams, which will begin to hold water at the end of this year, they will have the opportunity to use the water brought from the Taurus Mountains in the most efficient way.
Stating that this project is also aimed at meeting the drinking water needs of the cities, Erdoğan continued as follows:
“The first three sections we opened are only one part of many works within the scope of Konya Plain Irrigation. When the other parts of the project are completed, the size of our land that we will meet with water in Konya will reach 11 million decares. We also transform the existing conventional system irrigation networks into closed systems in order to increase efficiency and save water. The contribution of only Bağbaşı Dam to our economy in the last 5 years has been 2,5 billion liras. We continue to implement storage, dam, pond, underground irrigation, drinking water, energy projects in our other provinces under the Konya Plain Project, Niğde, Aksaray, Karaman, Kırşehir, Nevşehir, Yozgat and Kırıkkale. In addition to Konya, we aim to irrigate 15,5 million decares of land in other provinces. Together with the energy, the annual contribution of the production in this region to our country will reach 21 billion liras. We closely monitor all stages of our project, which has been investing 43 billion Turkish lira so far. We are determined to utilize our country's agricultural potential to the full. ”
“WE SEE THE SUPERIORITY OF BEING OWN ENOUGH IN AGRICULTURE AND FOOD”
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the world along with stating that Turkey is also a health area under pandemic period, the influence of food and once again emerged the importance of the agricultural sector, "Turkey is the test we have entered in both areas we went to the flow of our forehead." said.
Expressing that the troubles that even the developed countries are helpless, are easily faced thanks to the strong health and agriculture infrastructure, Erdogan said that the opportunities were shared with many friendly and sister countries.
Erdogan, in agricultural production and food in the area, stressing that seen during epidemics of indisputable advantages of being self-sufficient, "Many shelves are empty while staying in the country, we encounter no shortage of basic needs are not fulfilled in our country, because Turkey is a country with a production capacity beyond to meet their needs. Our experience has shown us that we need to hold our projects in the agricultural sector much more tightly. We are a country that has increased its agricultural product output from 18 billion lira to 87 billion lira in 275 years, and export of agricultural products from 3,7 billion dollars to 18 billion dollars. ” he spoke.
“WE MADE 18 BILLION LIRA AGRICULTURAL SUPPORT TO OUR FARMERS IN THE LAST 150 YEARS”
18 years of production of field crops in Turkey from 58 million tons to 64 million tons of vegetable production from 25 million tons to 31 million tons, fruit production of 14 million tons from 22 voicing exceed the million tons Erdogan, he said it is not easy to reach this level.
President Erdoğan stated that they added 276 new dams on top of 585 dams, 228 new ponds on 340 ponds, 1734 irrigation facilities on 1328 irrigation facilities until they arrived, and said, “We have paid approximately 18 billion liras of agricultural support to our farmers in the last 2020 years with 150. . We have implemented policies that will increase the production power of our farmers in all matters, from land registry to tool modernization to natural disaster support. ”
“WE EXPANDED GREENHOUSE AGRICULTURE WITH 72”
Expressing that they have developed special support programs for young people and women to be more effective in the agricultural sector, Erdogan said that they have taken measures to prevent the inefficiency of agricultural land by dividing it by inheritance, and that they prevent the degradation of the land due to misuse by protecting the high production potential.
Erdogan, the country's 72 provinces to expanding agricultural greenhouse stressing that they make an important source of production and exports, "in Turkey is a net exporter of fruits and vegetables. Due to the demand of the food industry, which produces for export in field products, there is a much higher need than our own consumption. Apart from a few items such as sunflower, rice and corn, we are also a net exporter in field crops. ” he spoke.
“WE INCREASED THE USAGE RATE OF 28% PERCENTAGE IN MODERN IRRIGATION TECHNIQUES”
In the same way, Erdogan said that they managed to increase their animal assets from 10 million to 18 million in bovine and from 32 million to 49 million in bovine.
“Our milk production has increased from 8,5 million tons to 23 million tons, and our egg production has increased from 11,5 billion to 20 billion. As you can see, wherever you look, we are at a very good point in the food and agriculture sector. In order to go further, we make all necessary investments, especially irrigation. We increased the usage rate in modern irrigation techniques from 6 percent to 28 percent. With regional development projects such as GAP, KOP, DAP, DOKAP, we work day and night to evaluate every country's land and every unit opportunity. We increased the irrigation rate we received with 19 percent in GAP to 53 percent. Finally, Ilısu Prof., one of the most proud projects of GAP. Dr. We put Veysel Eroğlu Dam into service. I hope that we will complete the Silvan Dam by the end of next year. With this project that we have opened, we have made significant progress in KOP. We are progressing our other projects step by step. Hopefully, we will transfer a country that uses its land and water in the most efficient way to the next generations. ”
After his speech, President Erdoğan received information from the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Bekir Pakdemirli on the Konya Plain Irrigation Project.
President Erdoğan thanked Minister Pakdemirli, Konya Governor Vahdettin Özkan and AK Party Deputy Chairman Leyla Şahin Usta and AK Party Konya deputies Ahmet Sorgun, Tahir Akyürek, Ziya Altunyaldız, Abdullah Ağralı, Halil Etyemez and Hacı Ahmet Özdemir.
Opening to the people of Konya, the region and wished to be beneficial to Turkey Erdogan, "Water is civilization, we say. The meeting of water with soil is also the primary crown of our civilization. Best wishes." used expressions.
Following the instructions of President Erdoğan, Minister Pakdemirli and other officials pressed the button, and watering started in Konya Plain.