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Agriculture and Nutrition

Food Industry

Agriculture and Nutrition

As the home of the headwaters of the Tigris and Euphrates, today's agriculture in Turkey reflects the richness of ancient Mesopotamia. Thanks to its favorable geographic location and climatic situation, large cultivable areas and abundant water resources, Turkey is one of the leading countries in agriculture and food.

Turkey has a stable agriculture and food industry employing nearly 20 percent of the working population and generating 6.1 percent of GDP in 2016. The sector's contribution to general GDP increased by 40 percent between 2002 and 2016, to $ 52.3 billion.

The strengths of the industry include market size in relation to the country's young population, a dynamic private sector, sustainable tourism revenues and a favorable climate.  

Turkey is the seventh largest agricultural producer in the world and a leader in the production of dried figs, hazelnuts, sultanas / raisins and dried apricots. In addition, the country is one of the leading honey producers in the world. In 2016, Turkey produced 18.5 million tonnes of milk, making it the leading milk and dairy producer in the region. In addition, 35.3 million tonnes of grain, 30.3 million tonnes of vegetables, 18.9 million tonnes of fruit, 1.9 million tonnes of poultry and 1.2 million tonnes of red meat were produced. In addition, Turkey is home to around 11,000 plant species - the total number of European species is 11,500.  

Thanks to this rich production, Turkey, as one of the largest exporters of agricultural products in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa (EMENA), is able to maintain a very positive trade balance. In 2016, Turkey exported 1781 different agricultural products to more than 190 countries worldwide, achieving an export volume of 16.9 billion USD.  

Turkey wants to establish itself as a preferred location for regional headquarters and as a supply center for leading global players in the agricultural sector. To boost investment in the sector, the country offers a range of incentives for potential investors in the agricultural industry.  

According to McKinsey and Co., Turkey offers significant investment opportunities in agricultural sectors such as fruit and vegetable processing, animal feed, livestock, poultry, dairy, functional food, fisheries and enablers (in particular, refrigerated shipping, greenhouses, irrigation and fertilizers).  

As part of its objectives for the agricultural sector by 2023, Turkey wants to be among the top five producers worldwide. In addition, the country's vision for its centenary includes 2023 more ambitious goals, such as:  

• A GDP of $ 150 billion in agriculture  

• agricultural exports of $ 40 billion  

• 8.5 million hectares of irrigable land (currently 5.4 million)  

• Leadership in the fisheries sector compared to the EU

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