Konya-based “International Agricultural Cities Union” to be founded
Led by Konya Metropolitan Municipality and centred in Konya, the protocol regarding the establishment of the International Agricultural Cities Union was signed between Yakup Canbolat, Governor of Konya and Tahir Akyurek, Mayor of Konya Metropolitan Municipality and it was forwarded to the Ministry of Interior Affairs for approval. Stressing on the fact that Konya is an agricultural city, governor Canbolat stated, "We are quite happy to contribute to a benevolent work and to witness it as well." Noting that many unions are available in Turkey, mayor Akyurek said that, there has not been a union with international backgrounds and added: "I wish it to go best for our cities, our country and our people who are engaged in agricultural production."
International Agricultural Cities Union, based in Konya, is being founded under the leadership of Konya Metropolitan Municipality.
The protocol foundation of the union was signed by Yakup Canbolat, governor of Konya and Tahir Akyurek, mayor of Konya Metropolitan Municipality.
You Are Conducing To A Benevolent Service
Konya Governor Yakup Canbolat, who wished that the International Agricultural Cities Union to be benevolent in Konya, underlined the fact that Konya was an agricultural city and said, "Konya is a city that is quite busy with agriculture and it is the main centre of industry and agriculture. You are conducing to a benevolent service. It is of great importance to develop cooperation between agricultural cities on the basis of international backgrounds and to exchange information mutually. In terms of socio-cultural aspects, I think that there are contributions that we can get from the relevant cities and transfer what we have to them as well. We are also quite happy to contribute to a benevolent work which we are happily witnessing."
Manufacturing Is A Tradition In The Development Of Konya
Konya Metropolitan Mayor Tahir Akyurek stated that agriculture had a very significant role in the development of Konya and added "Konya has been an important manufacturing city in this respect. In Catalhoyuk, for example, as a result of the revealed data which dated back to the Neolithic age, we observe that a specific attention was paid to such production. Unspoiled wheat seeds were found in the excavations of Catalhoyuk. The symbols, discovered there, also refer to the fact that it was an agricultural city. The production and development process initially started with agriculture then transformed into an industry of agricultural products, agricultural machinery and then to other industrial sectors of today, by means of which industry, agriculture, education, tourism have been formed in a strong city of Konya. On the basis of all of these factors, we can say that we do have a tradition manufacturing, which is agriculture."
To Be Beneficial In Exchanging Technology And Transferring Experiences
Noting that many unions exist in Turkey, Mayor Akyurek, has said that, yet, there has not been a union with international backgrounds so far and added, "As a result of mutual contacts with the world's major agricultural cities, it was revealed that founding such a union would be quite beneficial in terms of exchanging and experience as well as transferring the knowledge of the cultures. Furthermore, establishment of such a union will also contribute to increasing trade and cooperation between the countries and the cities. Significant preparations have already been made. When our Interior Minister visited Konya, we negotiated about this issue. He conformingly stated that such a union would be favourable. Today, we are launching the establishment process of Konya-based International Agricultural Cities Union in Konya. I wish that it will be benevolent for our cities, our country and our people, who are engaged in agricultural production. "
Mayor Akyürek has submitted the application file signed for the establishment of the Konya-based International Agricultural Cities Union to Konya Governor, Yakup Canbolat, to be forwarded to the Ministry of Interior Affairs.
13 Metropolitan Cities As Founding Members
The founding members of International Agricultural Cities Union are initially Konya Metropolitan Municipality, and then the Metropolitan Municipalities of Balıkesir, Bursa, Denizli, Erzurum, Gaziantep, Istanbul, Kahramanmaras, Kocaeli, Ordu, Sakarya, Samsun and Sanlıurfa.
At the International Agricultural Cities Conference, hosted by Konya Metropolitan Municipality last year, the participating cities from Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Palestine, Iraq, Kenya, Sudan, Tajikistan and Ukraine signed the final declaration of disclosure and committed to be the members of the union, once it founded.