Turkey offers help on agriculture knowledge
17 December 2010
Turkey's agriculture minister has said that countries should benefit from Turkey's knowledge and experiences in the agriculture sector.
Agriculture and Rural Affairs Minister Mehmet Mehdi Eker, who is currently in New York, delivered a speech at the closing of a pre-conference meeting of the 4th United Nations Conference on Least Developed Countries (LDC-IV) that will take place in Istanbul between May 9 and 13, 2011.
Eker said that important decisions would be made during the meeting in Istanbul.
Speaking to the AA, Eker said that Turkey boosted productivity in the agriculture sector.
Turkey's total agricultural production was worth 23 billion U.S. dollars in 2002 and it increased to 56 billion U.S. dollars recently, he said.
Eker said that the government supported small and medium scale industrial enterprises operating in the agriculture sector and 3,000 enterprises were established between 2006 and 2010.
The government also supported establishment of agricultural development cooperatives, he said.
Eker said that Turkey had important experience in food security and sustainable development in the agricultural sphere.
Eker said that Turkey was ready to share her experiences with the least developed countries of the world.
Agricultural and food security are one of the priorities of the international development agenda, Eker said.
Agriculture happens to be a crucial part of the economies of the least developed countries. It is a priority to increase the production capacity of the agricultural sector in least developed countries, Eker said.
Climate change has brought additional burden for agricultural and food security. Climate change has led to floods, drought and desertification and such consequences have generated problems in least developed countries, Eker said.
Increasing prices of food items have led to undernourishment in poor societies while a decline in the prices of agricultural products has caused difficulties for farmers in production and marketing. The least developed countries should be able to reach free markets without having to pay customs and be subject to quotas, Eker underlined.
Touching on Turkey's assistance to least developed countries, Eker said that Turkey allocated 190 million USD as assistance to such countries.
Turkey is determined to make the 4th UN Conference on Least Developed Countries in May a successful event. We are ready to share our experiences with the least developed countries, Eker also said.
Source: World Bulletin
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