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Turkey Is the International Market Leader in Agriculture Sector

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, agricultural national income has increased to ₺213.4 billion by 2109 and hazelnut, fig, cherry, and apricot crops of Turkey are highly popular among worldwide markets. Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Bekir Pakdemirli stated that the agricultural national income was ₺ 37 billion sixteen years ago and added: “During this period, our fruit production has increased from 13.3 million tons to 22.3 million tons, vegetable production from 25.8 million tons to 30 million tons, field crops production from 58 million tons to 64.4 million tons, and total plant production has increased from 98 million tons to 117 million tons.”

Turkey Is Self Sufficent in Terms of Africulture and a Leader in the Export Market

The annual growth rate in the agriculture sector was 2.8% between 2003 and 2019, and 3.3% in 2019. Turkey surpassed European countries such as the Netherlands, Spain, and France and became the leader with $48.5 billion of gross domestic product. It provides agricultural products to its population of 83 million, 50 million tourists, and more than 4 million refugees. Pakdemirli noted that the increase in production has a positive impact on the export sector. While it was $3.7 billion in 2002, the plant export has reached to $18 billion by 2019. Turkey is the leader in hazelnut, fig, cherry, and apricot production and export in the world with a $2.17 billion export income. It is among the first four countries regarding the production and export of 20 other crop varieties such as apple, melon, olive, tomato, eggplant, and pepper. Turkey provides 1827 different agricultural products to 193 countries. According to the president of the Federation of Fruit and Vegetables Commission Agents of Turkey Halil Öztürk, apple exports are expected to increase in particular. Turkey takes fifth place worldwide with its 2.7 million tons of apple production annually. Öztürk noted that their aim is that Turkey steps up to the first place within a couple of years.

Turkey Expects Growth in the Agriculture Industry After Launching the Digital Market

Turkey launched a digital agriculture market (DİTAP) to link producers and buyers. Agriculture and Forestry Minister Bekir Pakdemirli stated that this virtual market is to bring farmers, agriculture industries, cooperatives, wholesalers, retailers, agricultural input providers, and importers together on an online platform. Handling and logistic processes are expected to speed up dramatically with the help of the digital market while the accessibility to the agriculture market increases. Producers will earn more and consumers will gain access to cheaper crops through the virtual market. Pakdemirli added that DİTAP will be highly beneficial for agriculture planning since the ministry will control the price fluctuations occurring in the industry easily, inspect agricultural lands through satellite imaging, and create an overall standardization. The whole chain will be tracked from the very beginning when the seeds are sown to the consumers’ tables and planned cultivation will enhance. Agricultural lands will also be tracked with the help of virtual tracing, strengthening the fight against unregistered lands.

The Export Market in Turkey Expects a Boost

DİTAP will be open to international trades in the upcoming days. The export market is expected to expand significantly as the agricultural commodities will be sold directly and the prices will be more predictable in the digital market before the season starts. Even though it has been launched recently, the sales made on DİTAP have excessed ₺100 million. Pakdemirli said the goal is to reach billions. “When we reach a certain point, the inflation in the agriculture sector will reduce significantly,” he added. He reminded that Turkey takes the first place in agricultural production among European countries and is the first ten globally. According to Pakdemirli, Turkey has the potential to reach 40% of the world population and trade volume of $1.9 trillion. With the digital market launched, Turkey expects domestic and international growth in the agriculture industry.

Maintaining a Natural Diet Is a Must for Healthy Living

We are a part of nature and nature is a generous entity that it gives us everything we need to survive. While we can exist on processed foods, it is against what our bodies need and what our health depends on. After all, we are what we eat. That is why a healthy and natural diet should be an inseparable part of our lives. 21st century gave us fast-food, various additives and sugary drinks -all of which seem convenient at first glance but cause diseases at some point in our lives. They provide high energy when consumed, for sure, but not the same kind we get from the natural and unprocessed foods nature has to offer. Processed foods are weak in fiber, never letting us understand how much we are full after eating a whole pack. This amount of consumption leads to serious health issues such as obesity or heart and liver diseases. On the other hand, natural food is full of antioxidants and nutrients supporting our health; and even if they are sugary like fruits are, they also provide water and fiber that offer many health benefits such as boosting digestive function and metabolic health.

A Natural Diet Boosts Immune System

Our immune system depends on the types of nutrients we consume. Those who constantly eat processed foods are more likely to get sick compared to the people who maintain a natural diet. Your choices do not affect only one part of your body. When you consume processed and unnatural food, not only you put your heart or your liver in danger but also your skin or even your bran is affected dramatically from your diet. Eating natural food is the best thing you can do to have a clear, good looking skin and a healthy spirit along with fully functioning inner organs.