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Turkey: Agricultural transformation grows through local seed initiative

The "Ancestors' Seeds" project initiated two years ago, under the patronage of first lady Emine Erdoğan, looks to boost Turkey's storage of locally produced seeds.

Emine Erdoğan joined officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, which coordinates the project, for a demonstration of the progress of the scheme.

Officials said more than 1,000 seeds donated by citizens were classified, had their genetic and chemical definitions recorded before they were multiplied.

Speaking at the event, Agriculture Minister Bekir Pakdemirli said they currently had nearly 60 tons of produce, from peppers of Kandır, cucumbers from Samsun and the 10-slice melon from Çorum to the white, short tomato of Ayaş.

The ministry issued a regulation Tuesday for the preservation of local seeds and defined rules for growing, marketing and the sustainable use of seeds.

Read the full article Daily Sabah Turkey

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