Elvan Yılmaz reports: A dam in the Central Anatolian province of Çorum that was determined by the provincial governor to be structurally sound collapsed 12 days later, resulting in the flooding of agricultural land in the area.
17,000 farmers in the province of Çanakkale have been only able to water their crops once a week amid a drought that has lowered water reserves in the area. A provincial council chairman says that they suspect there is political pressure involved in decisions of the State Hydraulic Works (DSİ).
A recent report by the Istanbul Municipality has revealed that the city has lost one fourth of its farmlands in the past 25 years. The amount of green space per Istanbulite was measured at 2.7 square-meters as of 2019, about one fifth of an average car parking space. The report has also said that Istanbulites have become impoverished over the years, as the monthly income of a household is currently below the level of 2006 in terms of dollars.
Turkey's donkey population observed a decrease of two-thirds in 18 years under the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). The shrink represents the overall decline of the agricultural industry, a main opposition deputy said.
Turkish gendarmerie sprayed teargas from close distance to a villager, journalist Melis Alphan said in a tweet on August 21. A group of villagers were reportedly demonstrating against a biogas power plant that would be built on their farmlands.
The Turkish Grain Board (TMO) will import about 600,000 tons of grains on August 25 to prevent price hikes and hoarding amid a small harvest in 2020. A main opposition deputy noted that farmland has been shrinking in Turkey despite lower production levels.
A main opposition deputy said that Turkey's agricultural production had dropped significantly under the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). CHP deputy Orhan Sarıbal said that Turkey had become entirely dependent on agricultural imports. "We made other countries' farmers rich by paying more than $27 billion for imports [during the AKP's rule,]" he said.
A former district governor who got removed from his post for insulting a local was promoted to deputy governor of Bilecik. The local that the former district governor insulted was protesting the expropriation of their land.
A fire that broke out in the northwestern province of Çanakkale scorched through 450 hectares of land, which included farm land as well as forest.
Watermelon farmers in the southern province of Adana are grateful to be harvesting their watermelon crops, after a period of not knowing whether they'd be allowed to work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As citrus fruits burned before becoming ripe because of an early heat wave, Adana farmers turn to watermelon to make it through harvest season.
A Turkey-based NGO that works with seasonal farmers criticized a lack of precautionary measures in fields as harvest season starts in the country. Workers have reportedly complained about a lack of personal protective equipment, as well as crowded transportation to fields despite the risk of spreading COVID-19 to other passengers.
According to research from the real estate department of the Industrial Development Bank of Turkey (TSKB), once the effects of the coronavirus pandemic start waning, it is anticipated that agricultural land in Turkey will quickly gain value, thereby providing an opportunity for investors. The rent and sale of office/work spaces is expected to fall, much to the benefit of tenants with leases.