Irrigation started in the middle of winter due to drought Turkey's "breadbasket" farmers due to drought began in mid-winter irrigation.
Some farmers started irrigating their fields as the drought negatively affected the plant emergence and development in the cultivation areas in the Konya Plain.
Last 3 months, half as many years of average rainfall of Turkey's "breadbasket" in Konya, farmers were alarmed go dry in winter. Some farmers have irrigated their fields.
Selcuk University Faculty of Agriculture Faculty Member Prof. Dr. Süleyman Soylu told Anadolu Agency (AA) that the lack of rainfall and the change in the regime in recent years have negatively affected agricultural production.
Pointing out that Konya Plain is one of the places where the annual average rainfall is the least, Soylu said, "The amount of precipitation falling in October, November and December is far below the average for many years. Those who have the opportunity to irrigate give exit water 2-3 times this year. This has already increased the cost. In our region, the main problem in grain outlets is in the barren areas. " he spoke.
Soylu pointed out that the falling rainfall was not effective and said, "The rainfall in January will determine the fate of the distressed fields. The fact that the weather is above seasonal normal has also negatively affected the cereal plantations. It is difficult to comment on the loss of yield. The situation of the plain will emerge in early March. . " expressed his opinion.
- "This is the first time I water this season"
Ali Gürbüz, 23, one of the farmers who spread irrigation equipment in his fields in Çumra district, told that they have not irrigated in January until today.
Stating that the cereals could not rise above the soil due to the low rainfall, Gürbüz said, "Normally, we would not go to the field until March. I do irrigation for the first time in this season. May Allah help us in the arid places, the situation is troubled. Hopefully we are waiting for the rain this week. We started irrigation 15 days ago. . " used the expressions.
- "Our only hope is rainfall"
Hayrettin Altun, one of the farmers, stated that the farmers were in a hurry for irrigation and said:
"We did not do any irrigation during these months. We have started irrigation for the greening of the fields right now. The situation is serious in the arable land. It is difficult to make a forecast for the future. We have not encountered such a situation before. Our neighbors who have the opportunity to irrigate work in the fields. Our only hope is rainfall. This week. There is a rain forecast. I hope the rain we expect will fall. "