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Turkey aims to more than double agricultural revenue by 2023

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Turkey wants to more than double its national agricultural revenue by 2023, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

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Speaking at an event in Ankara, Erdogan said: "Our national agricultural revenue has reached $61 billion in 2014. We aim to increase it to $150 billion by 2023."

Turkey currently ranks at number seven among countries in terms of added-value in agriculture, food and livestock in its exports, according to the Turkish Agriculture Minister Mehdi Eker.

Erdogan said that Turkey was now Europe's biggest agricultural producer, ahead of France, Italy and Spain.

"We want to increase our agricultural exports to $40 billion by 2023," said Erdogan.

Export of agricultural products earned $18.7 billion in 2014, according to the Turkish Statistical Institute.

"Within the Regional Development Program, since today, 3.7 billion Turkish liras has been allocated to the producers. Overall 13,308 projects were sponsored with this fund. The investment amount for the program is 7.5 billion Turkish liras," said Erdogan.

He added that the projects have huge impacts on the development of the country's agriculture and livestock.

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