Once a self-sufficient state in farming, Turkey imported $3.5 billion of agricultural goods in the first seven months of the year, a number that will likely double by December, main opposition CHP deeputy Okan Gaytancıoğlu said. He claimed that traders close to the ruling AKP benefit from imports while domestic producers keep losing money.
Turkey's milk producers have been struggling with skyrocketing production costs, as the sale price for a liter of raw milk was set in late 2019, since when the Turkish Lira has suffered from dramatic devaluation.
Turkey's tomato farmers are facing bankruptcy as the COVID-19 pandemic lowered prices, and harsh weather conditions increased production costs in 2020. "Factories will buy at prices that are basically a breach of contract, forcing market prices down," Turkish Agricultural Chambers Union (TZOB) Chair Şemsi Bayraktar said.
Luxembourg-based drink manufacturer Purple Beverages appealed to Turkey's Competition Authority to buy Doğanay Foods, the country's largest turnip juice producer. Turnip juice is a common cold beverage in Turkey, even drank with rakı.
Amid coronavirus outbreak film producers in Turkey have called upon theater owners to lift the five-month limit that they are required to wait to upload their films to paid streaming sites, but they have not received an affirmative reply. Meanwhile movie theater representatives are furious at the recent partnership of the independent film-supporting Başka Sinema platform with the streaming site BluTV to release films before they come to the theaters.