Approximately 15 Billion Liras Support Provided to Raw Milk Producers Over 5 Years

According to data compiled by an AA correspondent from the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) and the National Dairy Council, Turkey produced 21,481,567 tons of raw milk last year.

Of this raw milk production, 92.9% was cow’s milk, 4.3% was sheep’s milk, 2.5% was goat’s milk, and 0.2% was buffalo’s milk.

Nationwide, the amount of cow’s milk collected by commercial dairy enterprises in March increased by 7.7% compared to the same month last year, reaching 982,322 tons. For the January-March period, this amount increased by 8.5% compared to the same period in 2023, reaching 2,799,328 tons.

The production of drinking milk by dairy enterprises in March increased by 0.8% compared to the same month last year, reaching 139,794 tons. In the January-March period, drinking milk production increased by 2.5% year-on-year to 427,094 tons.

Turkey ranks 9th globally and 3rd among European countries in cow’s milk production. Annual per capita milk consumption in the country is approximately 40 liters.

Support for Producers Continues The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry continues to support producers to contribute to input costs and ensure sustainable production.

In this context, the ministry provides incentives to increase the production and quality of raw milk and the effectiveness of implemented livestock policies.

In 2019, a total of 1,336,109,000 lira in raw milk support was paid to producers. This amount was 2,229,750,000 lira in 2020, 2,337,150,000 lira in 2021, 4,746,731,000 lira in 2022, and 4,258,668,000 lira last year.

Thus, the total support amount recorded for the 2019-2023 period was 14,908,408,000 lira.

source: prepared by Melisa Beğiç

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