Turkish food minister: 'No serious crisis' in world food prices

Turkey's Agriculture, Food, & Animal Breeding Minister Mehdi Eker has said he thinks price increase in some products like soy bean is speculative.

Turkish food minister: 'No serious crisis' in world food prices

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Turkey's Agriculture, Food, & Animal Breeding Minister Mehdi Eker has said that there was not a serious crisis in world food prices.

However, I think price increase in some products like soy bean is speculative, added Eker who attended a ministerial meeting of International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) in Malta on Thursday.

Although there is a price increase in food in recent months, the prices are still lower than they were in 2011, said Eker.

Noting that world wheat production would decrease 34 million tons to 662 million tons and world wheat stocks would decrease 17 million tons to 180 million tons while corn production would also drop in 2012, Eker said that figures showed there was no serious crisis, however Mediterranean countries should anyway take measures and act together.

Eker also said that a peaceful and stable world could only be restored by providing food safety.

Eker added that wheat production in Turkey exceeded 19.5 million tons in 2012 which was 1.5 million tons more than the country's annual exports.

Regarding Turkey's agriculture, food and animal breeding policies, Eker said that agriculture sector had been growing since 2004 --except 2007--, and agriculture's contribution in national income increased from 23.7 billion USD to 61.8 billion USD in the past ten years.

Turkey is on the 7th line in world agricultural growth, said Eker.

CIHEAM was founded at the joint initiative of the OECD and the Council of Europe on May 21, 1962 under an agreement signed by the governments of seven southern European countries: France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and Yugoslavia.

The first CIHEAM meeting was held in Rome in 1999. Since then, successive meetings have been held in Rabat (2000), Athens (2001), Beirut (2002), Paris (2004), Cairo (2006), Zaragoza (2008) and Istanbul (2010).

CIHEAM's mission is "providing supplementary education (economic as well as technical) and developing a spirit of international cooperation among agricultural personnel in Mediterranean countries".

Güncelleme Tarihi: 27 Eylül 2012, 14:58
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