At the press conference organized by the Izmir Branch of the Economy Correspondents Association, Aegean Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters Association president Hayrettin Plane evaluated the April export figures, the Digital Agriculture Market, the issues that were resolved during the pandemic and the cherry exports to the Far East in the 2020 season.
Hayrettin Plane said that the pandemic caused all sectors in the world to enter an economically distressed process. “In this process, the only sector that continues production by increasing its capacity instead of stopping is the agricultural sector, which is the first link in food and food production. The whole world understood the importance of agriculture.”
“In this period, we need to come up with new things in the name of agriculture and prepare for the outbreak. Because the world will now be a different world and will move on a different line. I strongly believe that if we get out of this difficult process, our country's place and position in the world will be very different. In this period, we need to produce and implement effective agricultural policies for our future. ”
The Digital Agriculture Market (DİTAP), which was launched by Bekir Pakdemirli, the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Forestry at the end of April, was an important step forward for the future.
“I would like to thank our Minister for the project that brings together producers, exporters, operators and consumers on the same platform. It will proceed in the form of contract farming. With digitalization, we will have come a long way in agriculture. We will have produced good agriculture. The manufacturer will not worry about how to sell my produce. In a digital agriculture, the grower, manufacturer, exporter and institutions of the state will be together.”
“Switching to digital will encourage everyone to production. In this way, with the young population, everyone will focus on agriculture and return to rural life. With this project, everyone will work in their region, hometown and trade. It will create new projects for our youth. It will turn into a serious opportunity for Turkey. In Turkey, everyone works around the earth. There is a feverish work in agriculture. Everybody is embraced and can put their hands under the stone. There will be a serious increase in agriculture. ”