(Today's Zaman) Turkey's seed production has risen fourfold, while seed export has increased by a factor of six in the past nine years.
According to an announcement by the Food, Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Ministry, Turkey exported seed to 66 countries, in particular to Russia, Ukraine and Italy. Seed export generated $109 million in revenue for the country in 2011.
The ministry noted the role that regulations implemented during the course of the nine years to improve the conditions of the sector had played in this increase, and said that those regulations, passed with the support of the ministry, as well as its support for certified seed production have also contributed largely to the improvements.
Expressing its support of private and public research institutes, the ministry stated: “Seed production rose from 145,000 tons in 2002 to 635,000 tons in 2011 with the implementation of such regulations. At the same time, the size of the sector grew seven times and increased from $120 million to $960 million.”
The biggest increase in seed export was seen in vegetable seed, with a 5,062 percent rise. Production of barley seed ranked highest among grain crops exported, with an increase of 1,100 percent between 2002 and 2011. Rice seed followed, with a 562 percent increase, while production of wheat seed, sunflower seed, corn seed and cotton seed were also high on the list. Russia ranked at the top for buying the largest amount of seed from Turkey, with $16.4 million.
Ukraine came second, with $15.5 million, followed by Italy, with $14.9 million.