World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkey will make a total two billion lira ($814 million) payment to farmers in support for fuel, fertiliser and forage crop purchases at the end of February, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Wednesday.
Work was also being conducted on increasing support in the cotton sector, Davutoglu said in a speech in the capital Ankara where preparations are under way for a June parliamentary election.
The Turkish government on Wednesday also launched an online countrywide agricultural database.
The system is intended to boost the efficiency of the food sector via advanced real-time data sharing.
At the press conference held to promote the new Agriculture Integrated Data Information Systems, Prime Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu said that the new system would enable all parties to track actual data in real time and take the most significant steps to boost productivity.
“This system contains three revolutions in itself. It is a revolution with regards to agricultural planning and macroeconomic projections.” Davutoglu said.
“This is also a revolution for the producers. Now they are part of an integrated system. They are not isolated anymore in a village of Konya or in a village of Kars ranching cattle.”
The system is a revolution for consumers as it enables them to track the origin of a product placed on shelves in a supermarket, he added.
With the new system the government aims to see all agricultural data of land and livestock, such as weather conditions, soil quality, sowed plants, diseases to be addressed, need for incentives and disaster warning.
“Thanks to this system we will be able to track the agricultural inventory of all Turkey, administer all changes and react to new events from Ankara.” Davutoglu said.
“Our producers will have actual technical information about their lands. Also, thanks to the reduction in bureaucratic procedures, they will be able to request technical support, apply for incentives, and make payments from where they are online,” he added.
The new system consists of two layers. Detailed satellite images of land across the country, and data derived from agricultural-meteorological observation stations are evaluated in first layer for real time data tracking. And the second layer is formed from the accurate classificaton of official documents used in all agricultural activities between related parties according to activity category.Last Mod: 25 Şubat 2015, 15:36