The faces of the producers who got water smiled

The water supplied from the Hafik-Özen and İmranlı dams is delivered to the fields through pipelines of 245 kilometers in Hafik and 248 kilometers in Zara. Irrigated farming has been carried out for 3 years on lands where previously dry farming products such as wheat, barley and oats were grown.

Approximately 196 thousand tons of products produced on 180 thousand decares of land that has reached water makes the farmers of the region smile.

Large companies planting in the districts also sell 90 thousand tons of the nearly 150 thousand tons of potatoes they produce abroad through intermediary companies.

Harun Avan, the head of Hafik-Özen and Hafik-Zara irrigation unions, emphasized to Anadolu Agency (AA) that the yield in the region has increased exponentially with irrigated agriculture.

Noting that the total irrigation area of ​​the two unions is 180 thousand decares, Avan said, “We have 680 irrigators. There are 16 international companies engaged in irrigated agriculture in this area. These companies export potatoes to Europe and the USA. They provide great income to our national economy. At the same time, they are also an area of ​​employment. “With the planting of crops such as potatoes and sugar beets, the recruitment of seasonal workers also comes to the fore. The tradesmen in the region are also provided with vitality. The water quality of both dams is very high.” he said.


Pointing out that the farmers who used to farm for a living in the region, started to trade with irrigated agriculture, Avan said:

“There was dry farming mainly on barley and wheat. As is known, dry farming was very low in yield. It is an agricultural method made for subsistence rather than for commercial purposes. With irrigated agriculture, both product diversity and incomes increased in the region. Potatoes, which we describe as industrial plants, and sugar “Products with high yields and suitable for export such as beet, corn and sunflower have gained intensity in the region. The arrival of large companies in the region has increased their production areas.”

Durdu Hallaç, one of the farmers planting sunflowers, said, “Previously, products such as barley, wheat, and oats were grown. Generally, we used to irrigate the fields by pulling water from the edge of the Kızılırmak with a tractor and collect these products. Product diversity increased with irrigated agriculture. We started to grow more effortless, low-cost products.” said.

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