In an interview with the A.A, Mustafa Hepokur, a member of the Executive Board of the Union of Turkish Chambers of Agriculture (TZOB) and chairman of Central and Southern Anatolia Chambers of Agriculture, said on Monday, "in 2007, we experienced the worst drought of recent years. It badly affected our grain-cereals production. Consequently our wheat production dropped from 20 million tonnes to 15.5 million tonnes. The world has also suffered similar problems. The decrease in wheat production led to an increase in prices."
"The U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Center, in its latest report, forecasted the global wheat production as 656 million tonnes in the period of June 2008 and May 2009. This means an 8 percent increase in wheat production compared to the figures of the previous year," he said.
Hepokur said, "the U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service predicted that Turkey's wheat production would become 16.5 million tonnes in the same period since drought is still affecting the eastern and central parts of Turkey."
"Some European countries do not experience the problem of drought since they use the water resources in a better way," he said.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 02 Haziran 2008, 16:12