Turkey “8th biggest in world agricultural economy”

July 15, 2010 - 0:0

The Turkish agriculture minister said on Tuesday that Turkey was the number eight biggest economy in the world in regard to agricultural economy.

Turkey’s Agriculture & Rural Affairs Minister Mehdi Eker said Turkey was ranked the eight biggest economy in the world also in regard to agricultural gross income.
“When our party came to power, we were the 11th country, but Turkey’s agricultural production value rose to 51 million USD from 23 billion USD,” he said during a ceremony in Istanbul to reward export companies.
Eker said Turkey’s agricultural products exports was up to 11.2 billion USD from 4 billion USD last year.
“When we used to export 480 different agricultural and food products to 181 countries in 201, we exported 1,530 products to 177 countries in 2009,” he said.
Eker also said the European Union (EU) had opened negotiations with Turkey on food safety chapter, which was under the responsibility of his ministry.
The minister said Turkey would from now on have to ensure food hygiene and standards applied in EU member states.
Eker said required criteria had totally be fulfilled, and now Turkey had to ensure sustainability of that mechanism.
On June 30, the last day of Spain’s presidency of the union, the EU opened accession negotiations with Turkey on food safety, veterinary and phytosanitary policy chapter.