Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Yumaklı Participates in the Harvest of Domestic and National Wheat Varieties

Minister of Agriculture and Forestry İbrahim Yumaklı attended the harvest and promotion program of domestic and national wheat varieties developed by the General Directorate of Agricultural Research and Policies (TAGEM) in Gölbaşı.

In his speech, Minister Yumaklı emphasized that they have set a vision in agricultural production focusing on productivity, quality, sustainability, traceability, and investment in the sector. He highlighted that R&D activities are a crucial element of productivity.

Yumaklı pointed out that efforts are ongoing regarding the breeding of seeds used in Turkey, saying, “Here we are promoting two seeds resistant to cold and drought, and participating in the harvest of one. We are witnessing the harvest conducted by our institute to obtain results from its R&D activities. Our institute has developed 150 field crop varieties, 104 of which are on the national variety list,” he said.

“The harvested seed variety received full marks from farmers”
Yumaklı stressed that significant progress has been made in developing domestic and national seeds, stating, “Half of the certified seeds in Turkey have been provided to our farmers through the efforts of our institute and TAGEM. R&D work on seeds will continue at full speed in collaboration with the public sector, private sector, and universities.”

Yumaklı noted that Turkey is among the countries most affected by climate change, and efforts are being made to ensure these factors do not impact agricultural production.

Explaining that the “Selamibey” wheat seed variety can yield 450-500 kilograms per decare under dry conditions and 650-725 kilograms per decare under irrigated conditions, Yumaklı said, “Breeding work is a long and patience-demanding process. It took 14 years for the Selamibey variety to reach this stage. For the Aytenabla bread wheat variety, a six-year period was necessary. The harvested seed variety received full marks from farmers,” he concluded.

source: by Melisa Beğiç

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