Within the scope of the land consolidation works carried out under the coordination of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, it is aimed to complete the works on an area of 541 thousand hectares this year and 8.5 million hectares by 2023.
According to the report submitted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry to the TGNA Plan and Budget Committee, land consolidation and irrigation are the primary measures to increase productivity in Turkey, where there are about 28 million hectares of farmland.
The Ministry attaches great importance to land consolidation efforts. In this context, consolidation works are carried out on an area of 8.2 million hectares, and registration procedures have been carried out on an area of 4.48 million hectares.
In 41 years from 1961 to 2002 when land consolidation work started in Turkey, consolidation registration was completed on 450 thousand hectares in total, and in the 17 years between 2003-2019, consolidation registration was completed on approximately 3.77 million hectares of land.
A total of 4.48 million hectares of land consolidation registration has been completed this year with registrations on approximately 256 thousand hectares as of October, this number is aimed to be 541 thousand hectares by the end of the year.
The 2023 target for land consolidation and on-farm services has been set as completing the work on 8.5 million hectares of land. Land consolidation and irrigation projects are planned and implemented together. Thus, by running two complementary applications at the same time, significant savings are achieved in both cost and completion time.
105 thousand 667 hectares of land have been reformed
Within the scope of land reclamation works, from a total of 158 thousand 100 hectares of land in Adana, Amasya, Mersin, Sanliurfa, Osmaniye and Denizli where the works have started since 2009. Activities have been completed on 105 thousand 667 hectares. Until today, 15 thousand 623 kilometres of closed drainage line and 86 thousand kilometres of in-field roads have been built.
265 large agricultural plains with a total area of 7 million 120 thousand hectares across Turkey were taken under protection as a site area with the decision of the Council of Ministers.
This year, 26 great plains were included in the protection scope, and the total number of great plains reached 291. This number is expected to increase to 300 in the first stage.
Work will begin for land use planning throughout the country. In this context, detailed soil surveys will be carried out on 24 million hectares of agricultural land, and soil maps will be completed throughout the country.
Division of 1.63 million hectares was prevented
The division of agricultural land across Turkey under “sufficient income land size” was prevented within the scope of the Law Amending the Law on Soil Conservation and Land Use. In addition, the transfer of ownership has been made mandatory in the agricultural lands subject to inheritance.Since the enactment of the law in 2014, 1.63 million hectares of land have been shared and divided through inheritance and sales.
In the next period, the “Agricultural Land Transfer Tracking System” software was prepared in order to ensure that the sales and inheritance transfer of agricultural lands are integrated with the Land Registry and Cadastre Information System (TAKBIS) and are made online in a fast and accurate manner. The system, which started to be implemented as a pilot in Ankara, is planned to be implemented in all provincial and district directorates by the end of 2020.
The system was started to be used in 81 provincial directorates and 645 district directorates. Depending on the coronavirus epidemic process, the system will be used in the remaining 360 district directorates following the completion of the trainings.
source: AA / translated by Melisa Karayusufoglu