Number of Certified Shepherds Exceeded 47 Thousand

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Number of Certified Shepherds Exceeded 47 Thousand

Within the scope of the "My Herd Management Personnel Project", which was implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in 2013, 81 thousand 2029 people received certificates in the 47 training program held in 359 provinces so far.

Department of Education and Publication (EYDB), General Directorate of Turkish Employment Agency (İŞKUR), General Directorate of Livestock (HAYGEM), General Directorate of Agricultural Enterprises (TİGEM), Union of Chambers of Agriculture of Turkey (TZOB) and Turkey Breeding Sheep Goat Breeders' Association (TÜDKİYEB) The "Active Labor Market Programs Cooperation Protocol" and Herd Management Staff (Shepherd) courses have been organized since 2013 with the aim of contributing to the improvement of the professional qualifications of the unemployed, the protection of employment and the reduction of unemployment.

From 2013 to July 2022, the courses given by technical staff under the coordination of 81 Provincial Directorates of Agriculture and Forestry are held in Public Education Centers affiliated to the National Education Directorates. Those who attend the 13-day and 120-hour training receive a certificate. 2029 thousand 47 people who participated in the 359 education program organized throughout the country so far received certificates.

To be able to establish a sheep pen and goat shelter, to choose sheep and goat breeds, to feed and care for small cattle, to reproduce, to breed, to protect and fight against infectious and animal diseases, to have command of biosecurity practices, Subjects such as milking are taught.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry pays 6 TL to businesses that employ certified herd managers. In 2013-2021, support payments were made to 42 enterprises by the General Directorate of Livestock.


On the other hand, farmer trainings of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry continue.

Under the coordination of the Department of Education and Broadcasting, technical staff provide training on 81 sub-subjects in 450 provinces. The trainings consist of the following topics:

Farm plants: Cereals, Legumes, Industrial Plants, Oil Seeds, Tubers, Grassland-Passage Forage Crops, Aromatic and Medicinal Plants.

Fruiting: Soft Seeds, Dried Seeds, Citrus Fruits, Nuts, Berries

Farming: Cattle Husbandry, Ovine Husbandry, Poultry Breeding, Aquaculture, Beekeeping, Sericulture, Feeds and Feed Production.

Vegetables: Edible Leaf Vegetables, Leguminous Vegetables, Fruit Edible Vegetables, Onion, Tuber and Root Vegetables, Other Vegetables, Mushrooms.

Food: Food safety etc. sub-topics of food.

Mechanization: Seed Preparation Machines, Soil Cultivation Machines, Sowing and Planting Machines, Fertilization Machines, Plant Care Machines, Plant Protection Machines, Harvest-threshing Machines, Livestock Mechanization

Greenhouse Vegetables: Greenhouse Plant and Other Operations Related to Greenhouse, Greenhouse Vegetable Cultivation, Edible Leaf Vegetables, Leguminous Vegetables, Edible Fruits, Bulbous, Tuber and Root Vegetables

Ornamental Plants: Outdoor Ornamental Plants Cultivation, Indoor (Greenhouse) Ornamental Plants Cultivation, Oil Rose etc.


Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Prof. Dr. Vahit Kirişci stated that they attach great importance to education in agriculture.

Stressing that they organize training programs in all areas of agriculture, especially herd management and farmer training, Kirişci said, “We care about conscious agriculture. The more training we provide to our farmers, the more we will increase productivity in agriculture.” used the phrase.

Pointing to the importance of "herd management staff", with its new name, in terms of advancing agriculture in the country, Kirişci said, "Thousands of our shepherds have been trained in our provincial and district agriculture directorates and will continue to do so. Thus, we also support employment. We care that our shepherds do their work consciously. In addition, we strive to improve living conditions.” made its assessment.

Reminding that they are at the service of farmers in fields such as agriculture, food, animal husbandry, forest and aquaculture with the Agricultural Forest Academy operating under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Kirişci stated that they aim to restore the abandoned village schools and turn them into socialization centers with the protocol they signed with the Ministry of National Education.

Kirişci underlined that they want to change their perspective on rural areas for the further development of agriculture, which is a strategic sector, and stated that they will continue to support rural citizens within this framework.

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