Turkey will pay farmers compensation for crops lost because of low rainfall in 2008, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.
The government has selected 35 of its 81 provinces as eligible for financial assistance, Erdogan said. Farmers who have lost more than 30 percent of their harvest to drought can claim assistance and also postpone any agricultural loan payments by a year, he added.
Although, compensation will be given to farmers, the decision has not been praised by farming organizations. "We were expecting 10 new Turkish kurus (YKr) compensation per kilogram, the offer of 5 YKr is not adequate," member of the Union of Turkish Chambers of Agriculture's Board Mustafa Hepokur said on Tuesday.
AFFECT OF DROUGHT
Drought profoundly affects farmers in
Production has been halved to 300 kilos (661 pounds) per 1,000 square meters (250 acres), even in well-irrigated parts of the region, as rainfall declined to one-fortieth of normal levels, Referans daily said on Wednesday, citing farmers and farming associations.
Farmers and their families have traveled to
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