Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency TIKA has launched a program in Somaliland to help boost the quality and amount of crops and livestock there. The agricultural development project will also guide farmers on measures against any threat of future drought.
TIKA officials delivered 40 kilos of tomatoes, peppers, cabbage and lettuce seeds, along with pesticide and fertilizers, to 100 farmers in Somaliland’s vegetable and fruit hub Gabiley.
Turkey’s Hargeisa Consul-General Ali Noyan Coşkun, TİKA’s Somalia Coordinator Galip Yılmaz and Somaliland officials attended the ceremony for the launch of agricultural support. Yılmaz said he believes farmers will have more profitable production with the support of Turkey and vowed that his country will continue supporting the people of Somaliland.
Somaliland’s economy largely depends on agriculture and livestock exports. Crop farming is the second major contributor to the state’s economy after livestock breeding. The main crops cultivated in Somaliland are sorghum, maize, tomatoes, lettuce, onions, peppers, cabbage, oranges, lemons and papaya.
The country’s crops suffer from a lack of irrigation and are mostly dependent on rainfall. Limited cultivation and yield force the country to depend on imports from neighbouring countries.