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8   AgriTech indiA  november & december 2017                                                                                         News

                                      seed GroWinG industry scales up its

                                      production tarGet for 2023 from 1 million
                                      tons to 1.5 million tons

         Setting its targets to produce 1.5 million tons of certificated seeds by 2023, seed growing industry is now aiming for the sky. Production of
         certificated seeds increased by 560 percent from 145k tons in 2002 to 958k tons in 2016.

         Kamil Yilmaz, the President of
         Turkey Seed Growers Association
         (TURKTOB), with around 40
         thousand members countrywide,
         stated “our industry’s first target
         was to reach 1 million tons of
         certificated seeds in 2023. Thanks
         to outstanding efforts of public and
         local seed growers, this target has
         been achieved earlier. With this   with a single button and to irrigate   together with several markets on   their costs including booth area rent   Protection, ‘Agricultural Machinery
         proud achievement, we raised our   plants and soil as much as they need   a wide-range geography from   and booth construction up to TL 30   and Technologies’ and ‘Agricultural
         target for seed production up to   thanks to drip irrigation and analyze   European and Balkan countries to   thousand.   Information’. All projects developed
         1.5 million tons for 2023”.   the soil to select the best fertilizer,   Middle East, from North Africa             in innovative products, projects and
                                      even more can engage in soilless   to Turkic Republics and plays a   Growtech Eurasia 2017 Innovation   services to add commercial value to
            There will be 800 pioneering   agriculture. Our tractors, agricultural   crucial role in regional exports”   Agriculture Awards Turning 10  agricultural production are eligible
         brands from 30 different countries   machinery are equipped with   and adds “we will be hosting the   Reshaped with a new logo this   to attend the contest.
         in the main categories of ‘Irrigation   smart technologies to facilitate our   Buying Committee in coordination   year, Growtech Eurasia organizes   Applications are accepted on
         and Greenhouse Technologies’,   manufacturers’ lives. Briefly, both   with our Ministry of Economy   “Growtech Eurasia 2017 Innovation website
         ‘Plant Nutrition and Protection’,   our major agricultural manufacturers   and in organization with West   Agriculture Awards” to add value   and will be submitted to popular
         ‘Tractors and Agricultural   and traditional farmers, who   Mediterranean Exporters Association   to agricultural production and   voting upon pre-assessment by
         Machinery’ and Seed Growing’   cultivate their own farms, use   and introduce our agricultural   to support innovative products.   Jury. Winners will be granted their
         presenting their products/services   technology today. Our visitors will   industry to major buyers. Moreover,   Turning 10 years old this year,   awards at the ceremony to be held at
         in the internationally giant event   be able to find the recent innovations   Growtech Eurasia has been elected as   “Growtech Eurasia 2017 Innovation   Growtech Eurasia and their products
         for agriculture on an area of 50   about all kinds of products, service   one of 19 fairs for exhibition subsidy   Agriculture Awards” are distributed   and services will be introduced
         thousand square meters at Antalya   and agricultural technologies as per   for international fairs, granted for the   in categories ‘Greenhouse and   to more than 85,000 visitors at
         Expo Center. Stating that having   their need in agriculture industry   first time this year by the Ministry of   Irrigation Technologies’, ‘Seed and   Innovation Area inside exhibition
         achieved more than 500 million   under the same roof at Growtech   Economy and is the only agricultural   Seedling’, ‘Plant Nutrition and   space.
         dollars of business volume in   Eurasia”.                 fair to benefit from this subsidy
         average per year, Engin Er, Brand   Engin Er, Brand Director,   amongst all other fairs in agricultural
         Director Growtech Eurasia states that   Growtech Eurasia underlines that   industry. The Ministry of Economy
         Growtech Eurasia’s visitor target for   “This year again, Growtech Eurasia   subsides manufacturers exhibiting
         this year is 85k professional visitors   brings exhibitors and visitors   at Growtech fair with 50 percent of
         from more than 85 countries and
         underlines that technology managed
         to evolve agriculture while becoming
         inevitable and therefore, Growtech
         Eurasia’s motto for 2017 is defined as
         ‘Global Meeting of Agriculture and
            Engin Er continued: “Our
         manufacturers are now able to
         remote control the temperature and
         humidity of their greenhouses only
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