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    Food crisis looms as Turkey's Aegean region dries up

    HotNewsTurkey Staff
    22.10.2008 - 15:08 | Son Güncelleme:

    Farm lands in Turkey’s Aegean region is swiftly becoming increasingly infertile, leading to a drastic decrease in the variety of products and a possible food crisis, the Turkish Daily News (TDN) reported on Wednesday.

    "If the infertility due to climate change continues, we may face a food crisis. An urgent action plan is a must in order to prevent this," TDN reported Prof. Yusuf Kurucu from the Aegean University's agricultural department as saying.


    Kurucu, together with associate professor Mustafa Bolca, conducted research in the region and concluded that fields in the region were narrowing and most of the remaining productive fields were becoming arid, the report said citing Dogan News Agency.


    According to Kurucu, a lack of rain and insufficient irrigation means salt is not washed away and accumulates on the surface contributing to increased infertility of agricultural fields.


    "The Gediz and Buyuk Menderes basins are the most critical regions in meeting the agricultural production of Turkey. We have thought so far that climate change causes a change in the variety of products. But this is not so. Salinity on the surface is affecting the soil and triggering aridity which is spreading from the west to the east," he said.


    An improvement in climate was needed to eliminate further aridity, otherwise, the variety of summer products needs to change and products resistant to salinity would be preferred, Kurucu added.




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