Türkiye prevented global food crisis through grain deal: Erdoğan
While the disruption in grain shipments to world markets due to the Russia-Ukraine crisis led to a worldwide threat of famine, Türkiye's diplomatic efforts helped prevent the problem, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Jan. 6.
"We have averted a grave crisis for humanity by ensuring the beginning of grain shipments through the multipronged diplomacy we conducted as Türkiye," he said, addressing the Ziraat Bank Agricultural Ecosystem meeting.
This situation has shown the importance of Türkiye's own agricultural production capacity, he said. "It has been understood once again how felicitous the support we gave to our farmers, the conveniences we provided, and the arrangements we made since the time we have been ruling."
The meeting of Ziraat Bank Agricultural Ecosystem is another manifestation of the same effort, he said.
"We regard the agricultural sector with all its relevant areas, and its primary element, our farmers, to be a whole," the president stated.
"We are developing our policies and practices by taking into consideration all the elements of this great ecosystem," Erdoğan said, noting that a disruption in a single link of the chain would affect the whole system.
"Therefore, we are taking steps that would develop the system as a whole without ignoring any link of the process that stretches from the farmers to the consumers," Erdoğan said.
"Our Ziraat Bank's services toward the agricultural sector are similarly wide in their range. While we are strengthening the agricultural sector with new arrangements, supports and incentives, we are addressing the whole system," he added.
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