Turkey and six African countries including The Gambia have signed cooperation deals in agriculture, fisheries, and livestock in the Mediterranean resort province of Antalya.
The deal was signed by Omar Jallow, the country’s agriculture minister, who has represented the small nation at the agricultural forum.
Turkey’s Food, Agriculture and Livestock Minister Faruk Celik recalled Turkey’s ongoing efforts to develop agricultural cooperation with the continent since 2005.
As a result of these efforts, Turkey’s trade with Africa increased from $5 billion to $18 billion.
“In terms of agriculture, our trade has increased from $418 million up to $2.5 billion. We know that these figures are not sufficient. We are all aware of this,” Celik said.
“The aim of all these meetings is to raise our trade volume, especially in the area of agriculture and to further develop our relationships in every field.”
The deals were signed with Congo, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Guinea, Rwanda and Gambia.
The Gambia announced last month that it will give some $25 million to farmers this season, mostly for fertilizers needed to reach commercial status.
It also lifted an importation ban that was placed on vegetables by the former administration
“We are now witnessing a political will in Turkey. This is highly important for the development of agriculture sector and for the development of African countries. We are aware of the effort,” Sacko Josefa Leonel Correa, African Union commissioner for rural economy and agriculture said.