Minister Kirişci said, “The sale of cheap meat has started as of today in 15 sales stores of the Meat and Milk Institution (ESK) and 20 of the Agricultural Credit Cooperative Markets, 18-150 percent below the current market averages, so that our citizens can eat cheap meat during Ramadan.” said.
Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Prof. Dr. Vahit Kirişci made evaluations about the agenda. Noting that the issue of food came to the fore in Ramadan, Kirişci said that the supply chain in the world was disrupted during the epidemic and there were abnormal increases in commodity prices.
Expressing that there has been an increase in energy prices, Minister Kirişci said, “While returning to normal life, a state of war broke out between the two neighboring countries in the north of the Black Sea. Everyone was shaken again by the global impact of this war. In the war environment, the second crisis was experienced in the supply of both Turkey and the world's countries. Turkey, in terms of its natural assets, capacity for agricultural production, and as a state, has the ability to manage crises in such periods. We have had measures that we have taken at our place, on time, and in the right amount. Thanks to these, there were no problems.” he said.
“TURKEY RANKS 4TH IN THE WORLD IN VEGETABLES AND 6TH IN FRUIT”
Kirişci said that while there was a worldwide problem with oilseeds, especially cereals, due to the Russia-Ukraine war, Turkey was trying to get through this with minimum effects.
Stressing that no country in the world is self-sufficient, Kirişci said:
“We also have agricultural products that we sell to the USA, which does not mean that the USA is not self-sufficient. Let's not ignore the producer of this country and the products it produces. Regarding cereals, Turkey imports wheat, but a significant part of the imported wheat is imported and exported due to a special application we call domestic processing for flour, bulgur and pasta. There is a shortage of supply for some products. There is a supply gap of 1-2 million tons in corn and nearly 40 percent in sunflower. If we say that we should produce the products we import in our country, we need to add approximately 23 million hectares of land to our existing 4,5 million hectares of agricultural lands. This is not something that can happen right away. We need to use agricultural inputs effectively and efficiently. Turkey is not producing. Turkey ranks 4th in the world in vegetables and 6th in fruit. Saying 'Turkey does not produce' would be unfair to the producer of this country. There is a farmer who produces under all conditions.”
“AS A COUNTRY, WE SHOULD PRIORITIZE STRATEGIC PRODUCTS”
Vahit Kirişci stated that strategic products should be given priority and said, “As a country, we need to be producing products that are the raw materials of flour, oil and sugar. Here we need to give importance to cereals, legumes, fodder crops, oilseeds and sugar. There is animal production, which is on the opposite side of plant production. Meat, milk, eggs, we need food for these. We will be meeting the products that are the raw materials of meat, milk and eggs. We are a country whose population is increasing by 1 million every year. The country's population, which was 2002 million in 65, is now 85 million, there are 5 million refugees. Did you hear the saying "We are hungry"? They also consume what this country produces. This country is in a position to host 75-100 million tourists.” used the phrases.
Underlining that the price increase in sunflower oil and what happened is speculative, Kirişci said that there are price increases in agricultural inputs.
“TURKEY DOES NOT HAVE ANY PROBLEM WITH CASE AND SMALL CASE”
Stating that there is no product that is not available in Turkey, there is no break between the high prices and the availability of the product and access to the product, Minister Kirişci underlined that there is no problem in fattening and animal stocks to be slaughtered.
Kirişci said, “Turkey has no problems with cattle and sheep. With the instructions of our President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, cheap meat sales have started as of today, in 15 sales stores of the Meat and Milk Institution (ESK) and 20 of the Agricultural Credit Cooperative Markets, 18-150 percent below the current market averages, so that our citizens can eat cheap meat during the month of Ramadan. This will continue throughout the month of Ramadan. In Ramadan, our citizens should not delay their interest in meat.” he said.