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Turkish farmers continue planting, harvesting as usual

Christian Fernsby |
Farmers across Turkey continue works for harvesting and planting while abiding by the measures against the spread of coronavirus and on some occasions with special permissions from local authorities.

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Topics: TURKISH    FARM   

Preparations to plant sunflower, corn, beetroot and potato have been completed in the Central Anatolian province of Konya, which is known as the grain silo of the country.

“If measures regarding the travel of seasonal workers are taken, no problem will be seen in growing any crops,” said Konya Agriculture Engineers Chamber head Süleyman Soylu, adding that planting will continue until the end of May.

“We may need the foreign workers returned from the big cities to our region under control. Our farmers also demand support for irrigation using electricity,” he added.

Meanwhile, domestic tomato prices have declined to between 1 to 2 liras (15-30 cents) since annual exports to Russia are limited with 100,000 tons.

In Kumluca district of the Mediterranean province of Antalya, the greenhouse capital of Turkey, the family businesses continue production of tomato, eggplant and pepper as usual.

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