Turkey Offers Experience In Plant Genetic Conservation

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 26 (Bernama) -- Turkey is prepared to share its experiences in plant genetic resources conservation studies with other Developing Eight (D8) countries as the studies are important in meeting the growing demand of agricultural production.

Turkey Agriculture and Rural Affairs Minister Mehmet Mehdi Eker said Turkey had played a leading role in recognising the importance of genetic diversity and plant genetic resources in agricultural production and had taken steps to conserve them.

"Turkey's plant genetic resources conservation studies began at the start of 1970, and today plant genetic resources are being conserved in two gene banks in Turkey," he said at the D8 Ministers Meeting for Food Security here today.

"In these banks, there are about 62,000 genetic materials of 2,750 plant species," he added.

He also proposed that the seed bank to be established within D8 countries be housed in Turkey.

"I would like you (D8 delegates) to consider the possibility of establishing and hosting the Seed Bank in Turkey," he said.

He also stressed the importance of fertiliser production and availability for food security, saying that in Turkey, oil and fertilisers had been the most limiting production factors.

He said Turkey produced nearly 75 per cent of the fertiliser demand with the importation of almost all the inputs needed in production of the fertilisers.

The countries that make up the D-8 are Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Egypt and Nigeria.



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