In response to the parliamentary question of CHP Niğde MP Ömer Fethi Gürer, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Vahit Kirişçi said that support for shepherds in the amount of 55 million 790 TL has been provided to 11 thousand 158 companies. Gürer’s question about “the Ministry of Agriculture’s goal of 1 small livestock for every citizen” went unanswered.
Deputy of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) Niğde, Ömer Fetih Gürer, said in his motion: “How many companies should be paid for the application of support for shepherds and digital data on the existence of animals in our country, in particular the “A small livestock project for each citizen”, which is among the 2023 objectives of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. He asked questions such as how much was paid.
Gürer posed the following questions to be answered by Agriculture and Forestry Minister Vahit Kiriçşi:
“Is it possible to achieve this objective in the studies carried out for the objective of 1 small bovine for each of our fellow citizens in 2023 announced by the ministry?
How many companies benefit from the support of 5,000 Turkish lira given to small livestock enterprises employing shepherds?
What is the number of people benefiting from sheep and goat support per animal?
Responding to the motion of CHP MP Ömer Fethi Gürer, Minister Kirişçi said that our country ranks first in Europe in terms of small livestock, and said: “According to TUIK data; The number of sheep and goats was calculated at 57 million 519 thousand in 2021 with an increase of 6.3% compared to the previous year. The number of sheep increased by 7.2 percent during this period and reached 45 million 178 thousand, and the number of goats increased by 3 percent and reached 12 million 342 thousand.
CHP MP Ömer Fethi Gürer said: “Mr. Minister, data from Europe and our country are multiplied. In the presence of animals, an animal that is not eaten in our European country is more First of all, when the situation is evaluated with the presence of animals that we do not consume but that Europe consumes, we see that these data are more distorted. in our country in 1960, there are as many animals as today. We had tsarism and there were 3 animals per inhabitant. Today, not even 1 animal falls. Even if at least one animal per population cannot be reached, it is fooling ourselves to say that we are the first in Europe.
Reply to Gürer’s question
Minister Kirişçi also addressed the problem of the shepherd.
Kirişçi said that “under the herd manager (shepherd) employment support, which began to be implemented in 2014, support is provided to companies that employ certified herdsmen from companies which have 100 or more breeding sheep and goats. “a support payment of 5,000 TL is made,” he said.
Minister Kirişçi said that aid of 55 million 790 000 TL was given to 11 000 158 enterprises in 2020, and total support of 753 million 515 000 575 TL was given to 201 000 509 breeders in 2020 in within the framework of aid for sheep and goat breeders. .
BIG BREEDING PROBLEM
Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Kirişçi did not answer CHP MP Ömer Fethi Gürer’s question on “A small livestock project for every citizen” in the parliamentary question.
On the other hand, CHP MP Ömer Fethi Gürer, who is the owner of the proposal, said he finds it strange that the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry is praised as “We are the first in the presence of ‘animals’ despite the fact that animal husbandry has reached the point of extinction in our country.
THE SHEEP IS NOT ENOUGH FOR MY DEBT
While the Minister says that we are the first in animal existence, the breeder evokes the victimization he has experienced.
Uğur Tekeli, who mourns CHP MP Ömer Fethi Gürer in Altunhisar district in Niğde, said he would not be able to repay his debt even if he sold all the animals he bought on credit , adding his experience gained while working abroad. for eight years. For this reason, if my house is mortgaged like this, I will also be out of the house, ”he said.
Expressing that he was at risk of losing his house, which was mortgaged in exchange for a bank loan, Tekeli said: “There are 90 small cattle left to sell out of 300 sheep. The animals on hand are not enough to pay the remaining loan debt. I suffered from sadness,” he said.
Uğur Tekeli said, “Before, I loved raising cattle. However, the rising cost of feed and other inputs kept me away from this profession. The price of a 50 kg bag of animal feed, which sold for 80 to 90 lira last year, is now between 320 and 350 lira. This increase has put the livestock sector in an inextricable situation.
Stating that pastures have come to an end and state support for small cattle breeding is insufficient, Uğur Tekeli said, “The state provides 25 lira per animal per year. The annual state support of 25 lira does not even cost an animal’s daily feed,” he said.
WE WORK FOR BANKS
Uğur Tekeli said, “I am thinking of selling the remaining 90 sheep until Eid al-Adha and quitting this business altogether. To date, I owe the banks 500,000 lira. If I sell them too, your debt will drop to 400,000. I don’t know what to do after that. My house is also mortgaged. Unfortunately, I and all animal breeders work for banks. The government supports big business.