Turkish Seed Sector Competes with the World

Turkish Seed Sector Competes with the World

Turkish Seed Sector Competes with the World

The world's largest greenhouse (greenhouse) agriculture sector fair; Growtech 20th International Greenhouse, Agricultural Technologies and Livestock Equipment Fair hosted the panel titled "Listen to the Seed Expert". Y├╝ksel Tohum Chairman of the Board Mehmet Y├╝ksel, Sel├žuk University Faculty Member Prof. Dr. In the event where S. Ahmet Ba─čc─▒ and TS├ťAB and ECOSA President Y─▒ld─▒ray Gen├žer participated as speakers, it was emphasized that the Turkish seed sector, which exports seeds to more than 70 countries, is ahead of many countries, not in competition with the world, in some product groups with the great distance it has covered in 30 years. .

Growtech 24th International Greenhouse, Agricultural Technologies and Livestock Equipment Fair, held in Antalya between 27-20 November, hosts many events where the future and needs of the sector are brought to the agenda with the participation of the highest level officials and experts. At the fair, the latest developments about seeds and the seed industry were discussed in the panel called ÔÇťListen to the Seed ExpertÔÇŁ moderated by Buket Sakmanl─▒ Apayd─▒n. Mehmet Y├╝ksel, Chairman of the Board of Y├╝ksel Tohum, and Sel├žuk University Faculty Member Prof. Dr. S. Ahmet Ba─čc─▒ and the Seed Industrialists and Producers Sub-Union TS├ťAB and ECOSA President Y─▒ld─▒ray Gen├žer attended as speakers.

LISTEN TO THE SEED FROM THE EXPERT

TS├ťAB President Y─▒ld─▒ray Gen├žer, who took the first floor in the panel, gave information about the development of Turkish seeds in history. Gen├žer said: ÔÇťDuring the pandemic, we saw how important the food, therefore the seed, is and that the person who has the seed actually owns the food. The Turkish seed industry is a young industry. At this point, the Turkish seed industry has written a success story in a short time. As of today, we export seeds to more than 70 countries. Although we are young, we have become competitive with countries that started 300 years before us. We have targeted 2023 million tons of seed production in 1.5 and I am sure that we will achieve this target. As we move forward with different product groups, we see that there is a need for R&D work in some product groups. The support of the state in this regard is very important. As the Turkish seed industry, we have become competitive with the world. Definitely trust the Turkish seed.ÔÇŁ.

SEED SCHOOL IS COMING

Y─▒ld─▒ray Gen├žer, who also gave information about the Seed School, where they continue to work as the Sub-Union of Seed Industrialists and Producers (TS├ťAB), said, ÔÇťWith the Seed School, we will convey information about seeds to all agricultural stakeholders. Unfortunately, misinformation spreads quickly in our country and we cannot prevent it. With the Seed School, we will prevent false and deformed information.ÔÇŁ

WE COMPETE WITH THE NETHERLANDS AND ISRAEL

Y├╝ksel Tohum Chairman of the Board Mehmet Y├╝ksel, on the other hand, said that the Turkish seed industry, which took off after the second half of the 1980s, has come a long way in the past 30 years. Stating that the phrase ÔÇťWe buy the seeds from Israel and the NetherlandsÔÇŁ was widely used 30 years ago, Y├╝ksel said, ÔÇťNow it is necessary to change this discourse. We are ahead of many countries, not in competition with the world, especially in products such as tomatoes, peppers, melons and zucchini, whose fruit can be eaten. In this case, we are not behind Israel and the Netherlands. We are even ahead of them in some segments.ÔÇŁ Stating that Turkey is weak in breeding and advanced in seed breeding, Y├╝ksel touched upon the issue of ancestral seeds. Y├╝ksel said, ÔÇťWhat we call ancestral seeds are varieties of village populations. We need to preserve them and pass them on to future generations. We can only build our future with the past,ÔÇŁ he said.

DON'T MIX HYBRID AND GMO

Selcuk University Lecturer Prof. Dr. Ahmet Ba─čc─▒, on the other hand, touched upon the hybrid seed issue. Stating that the subject of GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) and hybrids is confused in Turkey, Prof. Dr. Ba─čc─▒ said, ÔÇťEvery day, 750 million people in the world go to bed without eating anything. 2 billion people also face hunger. Only photosynthesis will feed such a hungry person. We owe everything we eat and drink to photosynthesis. Photosynthesis means plants. If the plant does not photosynthesize, we cannot live. As for the hybrid issue. When the word hybrid is used in cars, it sounds good, when used in the agricultural sector, people perceive it as bad. Hybrid means getting more efficiency from the unit area. They confuse hybrid with GMO. A hybrid is the progeny produced by crossing two pure lines. Let's take an example from Egypt. While you get 300-500 kilos of product per decare from a non-hybrid corn, you get a thousand tons of product per decare from a hybrid corn. Yes, the hybrid requires a lot of water and fertilizer. But if you apply the necessary cultivation techniques, you will gain a ton instead of 300 kilos per unit area. If we can't get efficiency, we will have to import that product deficit. Hybrid is natural and let's not confuse hybrid with GMO. "If we cannot produce our products at a high rate with hybrid, we will have to import the deficit," he said.

MANY ACTIVITIES ARE ORGANIZED AT THE FAIR THAT VISITORS FOLLOW WITH ATTENTION

ATSO Growtech Agriculture Innovation Awards, organized by Growtech since 2008 and held together with Antalya Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ATSO) for the last three years, found their owners at the fair. The Plant Breeding Project Market (BIPP), which was organized for the 5th time this year with the cooperation of Akdeniz University Technology Transfer Office (Akdeniz TTO), Antalya Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ATSO) and Turkey Seed Producers Association (T├ťRKTOB), is home for the 3rd time. was hosted. The conference titled ÔÇťThe Impact of the EU Green Agreement on the Fertilizer IndustryÔÇŁ by Metin G├╝ne┼č, President of the Fertilizer Manufacturers, Importers and Exporters' Association (GUID), presented observations and clues about the transformation that the industry must go through.

Other prominent events are as follows: Growtech Agriculture, which has been bringing the most important issues of the agricultural sector to the agenda for four years. SohbetÔÇťGlobal Climate Change and the Future of AgricultureÔÇŁ will be discussed. In the event moderated by Agriculture Writer ─░rfan Donat; Greenhouse Construction, Equipment and Equipment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (SERKONDER) President Halil Kozan, Pressure Irrigation Industrialists Association (BASUSAD) President Rahmi ├çakar─▒z, Sel├žuk University Faculty of Agriculture Lecturer Prof. Dr. S├╝leyman Soylu will take place as a speaker. Antalya Metropolitan Municipality Agricultural Services Department Head Seda ├ľzel will give information about the recent works carried out by the Metropolitan Municipality with her conference titled "We are Working for Planned, Rules, Identified and Sustainable Agriculture in Antalya". A panel titled ÔÇťPandemic, Climate Change and the Importance of SeedsÔÇŁ will be held by TS├ťAB, with Agricultural Writer Ali Ekber Y─▒ld─▒r─▒m and TS├ťAB and ECOSA President Y─▒ld─▒ray Gen├žer as speakers.

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