AGRICITIES


Municipalities ranking the highest at the “Altinbasak” Agricultural Cities contest received their rewards.


The municipalities ranking the highest at the “Altinbasak” Agricultural Cities Contest organized by the International Agricultural Cities Union having been founded by the Konya Metropolitan Municipality received their awards. Konya Governor Yakup Canbolat, who spoke on the program that 20 Metropolitan Municipalities participated with 29 projects, said that Konya is in the first place in the production of many agricultural products with its ever increasing capacity and increasing capacity in the field of agriculture. Konya Metropolitan Mayor Tahir Akyurek emphasized that agricultural production and agriculture sector are the leading elements of the 21st century’s most important strategic values and production factors.

The award ceremony of the “Altinbasak” Agricultural Cities Contest organized by the International Agricultural Cities Union having been founded by the Konya Metropolitan Municipality was conducted.

KONYA IS IN THE FOREFRONT IN MANY ASPECTS

Konya Governor Yakup Canbolat, who spoke on the program that 20 Metropolitan Municipalities participated with 29 projects, expressed that it is important to organize the contest in Konya the aim of which was to expand agricultural activities, to provide innovative, entrepreneurial projects, ideas and solutions, and to develop and encourage knowledge and skills in this direction. Canbolat said that Konya is in the first place in the production of many agricultural products with its increasing capacity and growing capacity in agriculture field.

AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION IS THE MOST IMPORTANT STRATEGIC VALUE OF THE 21ST CENTURY

In his speech, Tahir Akyurek, the mayor of Konya Metropolitan Municipality and the Union of Municipalities of Turkey, stated the importance of agriculture and agricultural production and said “One of the most important strategic values and production elements of the 21st century is agricultural production, the agricultural sector, investments related to human nutrition and their access to healthy food. With the new municipal era, municipalities undertake important missions at this point.”

MUNICIPALISM HAS CHANGED ITS MEANING NOWADAYS

Mayor Akyurek, who said that municipalism has changed its meaning these days, emphasized that the municipalities have no area for which they were not responsible and that the municipalities have established a service area which starts before the birth and continues after the death. Mayor Akyurek said, “We have a role in all of them and we should not avoid it at all. Our people expect this from us. Municipality is a whole. It is not just a discipline or working field that consists of making just what the mayor carries out and promises. In the municipality, there is a significant contribution of everyone from the top to the bottom; that is, from the mayor to the municipal council members, from the senior management members to the heads of departments, from the employees of the park gardens to the cleaning workers.”

Mayor Akyurek thanked all municipalities participating in the Altınbasak Agricultural Cities Competition and congratulated the municipalities who were entitled to receive the award.

IT IS IMPORTANT TO ORGANIZE PEOPLE IN RURAL

The Vice Rector of Konya Food and Agriculture University, Dr. Cumhur Cokmus stated that agriculture was done with human and animal power in the past and that nowadays the power of mind is in the forefront. Cokmus said, “I believe that there will be a better way by reducing the proportion of people engaged in agriculture, raising the level of income and spreading the population. I would like to thank the Mayor of Metropolitan Municipality and his team for this beautiful and thematic event.”

After the speeches, as a result of the jury evaluation, the awards to the Municipalities and projects ranking the highest at the contest were given by Yakup Canbolat, the Governor of Konya, Tahir Akyurek, the mayor of Konya Metropolitan Municipality and the Union of Municipalities of Turkey, and the protocol members.

“THE HIGHLIGHTS (BEST) OF AGRICULTURE” CATEGORY

In the competition, firstly, the awards were given to those ranking the highest in the category of "Agriculture Highlights". While Antalya was awarded with the highest crop production in 2016 and the highest contribution to economy throughout production in 2016, Konya was awarded with producing the highest animal product in 2016. Kahramanmaras was awarded with the highest increase in per capita livestock production between 2014 and 2016 and Gaziantep was awarded as the province which increased the national income per capita by the crop production in the same years.

“THE BEST PROJECT AWARD” CATEGORY

Kayseri Metropolitan Municipality ranked first with the "Beydegirmeni Fattening Area Project" in the category of "Best Project" award, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality ranked second with the "Peninsula Project" and the Balikesir Metropolitan Municipality ranked third with the "Farmer Training and Production Centres Project".

JURY’S SPECIAL AWARD CATEGORY

The other jury’s special awards in the contest where the Konya Metropolitan Municipality is entitled to receive the Jury’s Special Award with the Rural Development Project in the Seydisehir District of Mesudiye are as follows: Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality "Agricultural Education Project at Schools", Diyarbakir Metropolitan Municipality "Project for the Development of Organic Agriculture in Lice District", Mersin Metropolitan Municipality "Pistachio Renovates( Re- creates) Its Bud in Mersin Project", Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality " Improvement of Ovine Breeding Project" and Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality "Poultry Livestock Cage-Free Chicken Project".

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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.


THE FINAL PHASE OF THE WORKS ON I.A.C.U
(INTERNATIONAL AGRICULTURAL CITIES UNION)
ESTABLISHMENT HAS BEEN REACHED


In the final declaration of “International Agricultural Cities Conference” held between March 21-23, 2017, the establishment of “International Agricultural Cities Union” was signed in the secretariat of Konya Metropolitan Municipality. By taking the proposals, the offers, and the changes proposed by the Founder Metropolitan Municipalities about the draft of union charter prepared by the Konya Metropolitan Municipality into consideration, the Charter of International Agricultural Cities Union has been put into final form.

Below are the Mayor Offices that have adopted the IACU charter in their municipal council and have stated their 2 permanent and 1 substitute councilors to perform a duty in the Union General Assembly to the secretariat of IACU:

  • Konya Metropolitan Municipality, Municipal Council has adopted the Charter of International Agricultural Cities Union decision dated 14.07.2017 and numbered 754, and has elected the councilors Mehmet Ali GÖKLER and Mehmet TUGAY as permanent and Mustafa KURŞUN as substitute councilor to perform the duty in the Union General Assembly.

  • Samsun Metropolitan Municipality, Municipal Council has adopted the Charter of International Agricultural Cities Union decision dated 10.07.2017 and numbered 304, and has elected the councilors Hamit KILIÇ and Fahri DALGIÇ as permanent and Ali İLTEKİN as substitute councilor to perform the duty in the Union General Assembly.

  • Sakarya Metropolitan Municipality, Municipal Council has adopted the Charter of International Agricultural Cities Union decision dated 10.07.2017 and numbered 7/509, and has elected the councilors Ferda ÖZTEN and Recep BOĞAZ as permanent and Musa BİLDİK as substitute councilor.

  • Kahramanmaraş Metropolitan Municipality, Municipal Council has adopted the Charter of International Agricultural Cities Union decision dated 11.07.2017 and numbered 2017/381, and has elected the councilors Osman Nuri ARIKOĞLU and Fatih KİRAZ as permanent and Cuma UYKUN as substitute councilor to perform the duty in the Union General Assembly.

  • Ordu Metropolitan Municipality, Municipal Council has adopted the Charter of International Agricultural Cities Union decision dated 13.07.2017 and numbered 2017/178, and has elected the councilors Mustafa BAŞARSLAN and Vakıf GÜLEY as permanent and Mehmet DALGIÇ as substitute councilor to perform the duty in the Union General Assembly.

  • Erzurum Metropolitan Municipality, Municipal Council has adopted the Charter of International Agricultural Cities Union decision dated 14.07.2017 and numbered 429, and has elected the councilors Mehmet ADAK and Serhat AKYÜZ as permanent and Ahmet YÜREKSEVEN as substitute councilor to perform the duty in the Union General Assembly.

  • Denizli Metropolitan Municipality, Municipal Council has adopted the Charter of International Agricultural Cities Union decision dated 17.07.2017 and numbered 742, and has elected the councilors Yusuf GÜLSEVER and Halil AKTIM as permanent and Ahmet CERAY as substitute councilor to perform the duty in the Union General Assembly.

  • Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality, Municipal Council has adopted the Charter of International Agricultural Cities Union decision dated 20.07.2017 and numbered 843, and has elected the councilors Dinçer ORKAN and İsmail ÇOBAN as permanent and Salih ŞENER as substitute councilor to perform the duty in the Union General Assembly.

  • Ankara Metropolitan Municipality, Municipal Council has adopted the Charter of International Agricultural Cities Union decision dated 15.08.2017 and numbered 1642, and has elected the councilors Mustafa DEMİR and Hasan YİĞİT as permanent and Harun OLMUŞ as substitute councilor to perform the duty in the Union General Assembly.

  • Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality, Municipal Council has adopted the Charter of International Agricultural Cities Union decision dated 16.08.2017 and numbered 437, and has elected the councilors Kemal VURAL and Mehmet YILDIRIR as permanent and Mehmet Ali POLAT as substitute councilor to perform the duty in the Union General Assembly.

  • Şanlıurfa Metropolitan Municipality, Municipal Council has adopted the Charter of International Agricultural Cities Union decision dated 20.09.2017 and numbered 379, and has elected the councilors Kemal BARLAK and Yusuf ÖZKUL as permanent and Hüseyin ÇETİNER as substitute councilor to perform the duty in the Union General Assembly.

  • İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Municipal Council has adopted the Charter of International Agricultural Cities Union decision dated 22.09.2017 and numbered 1404, and has elected the councilors Hüseyin KAHYA and Adem GÖKTAŞ as permanent and Mehmet FINDIKÇI as substitute councilor to perform the duty in the Union General Assembly.


The "Altinbasak" Agriculture Cities Competition will be organized by the International Union of Agricultural Cities, which is being established under the leadership of Konya Metropolitan Municipality. In this competition the first of which will be held in March 2018, the projects and applications supporting the social, economic and environmental sustainable development in the agricultural area will be rewarded.

The "Altinbasak" Agriculture Cities Competition will be organized by the International Union of Agricultural Cities, which is being established under the leadership of Konya Metropolitan Municipality.

Konya Metropolitan Mayor Tahir Akyurek said that the competition to be held in Konya in March 2018 by the Association of Agricultural Cities aims to revitalize agricultural life, improve agricultural infrastructure, strengthen agriculture based economy and protect agricultural identity. Noting that all the metropolitan municipalities could participate in the competition to be organized in 2 main categories with the titles of 'The Bests in Agriculture in Turkey' and 'Best Project', President Akyurek stated that the jury will determine the entries of the applicants from the applied or being applied projects.

'THE BESTS IN AGRICULTURE IN TURKEY' AND 'BEST PROJECT’

In Altinbasak "Agriculture Cities Competition" in the category of "The Bests Agriculture in Turkey", vegetable and animal production in 2016 according to the official statistics of TURKSTAT (TUİK) since the enforcement of the Metropolitan Law No. 6360, In the rank of the 30 largest metropolitans which have the largest contribution to the economy with the Agricultural Gross Domestic Product, and which enhance the per capita income of the highest proportion with the herbal and animal production between 2013-2016 will be rewarded.

In the "Best Project" category; The projects determined among the applicants will be awarded according to the competition conditions of Agricultural Education and Publication Activities, Agricultural Supporting Activities, Agricultural Infrastructure Investments, Market Building Activities, Agricultural Innovation and other issues.

The Metropolitan Municipalities operating within the scope of the law numbered 6360 will compete with up to two projects in the Best Project Competition with the main theme of "Agricultural Transformation in Metropolitan Municipalities".

THE OBJECTIVE OF THE COMPETITION

The aim of the competition is to attract more attention of the municipalities on agriculture, to extend agricultural activities, to produce innovative and entrepreneurial projects / ideas / solutions in order to raise awareness among the workers in agriculture and community, and to develop knowledge and skills in this direction. It is expected from the projects that the agriculture sector will increase living standards and prosperity levels in the cities that place agriculture in the center of the economy.


Held with the cooperation of Selcuk University and Konya Metropolitan Municipality, The 4th Dairy Convention in which 13 countries are participating has started.

The 4th Dairy Convention which was held with the cooperation of Selcuk University (SU) and Konya Metropolitan Municipality has started.

Talking at the opening of the convention held in the SU Suleyman Demirel Cultural Centre, Prof. Dr. Mustafa Sahin the Rector of Selcuk University stated that the universities are extremely important institutions for the development of the countries, and they also plan the future of the countries and they are places where the generations who will rise the country are trained. He mentioned that the support of the Metropolitan Municipality added an extra value to this organisation. “Though the main topic in the convention is dairy, it is pleasing that we have had the chance to exchange opinions on different fields and share the experinces, because the experience and knowledge of every country could be different”, said Prof. Dr. Sahin.

IN TURKEY, THE SOURCE OF AGRICULTURE IS KONYA

Drawing attention to the importance of such a meeting being held in Konya, The Deputy Secretary General of Konya Metropolitan Municipality Abdulmelik Otegen stated that the future of human is directly correlated with agriculture and Konya is somehow the source of agriculture in Turkey.

Giving information about their Works related to agriculture as the Metropolitan Municipality, “ I believe that we will have positive results in accordance with the reports of the participants. We desire all these efforts to produce healthy results, because all these reports and meetings that draw attention to the problems such as agriculture and food safety and abolishment of food shortage are very important for our countries and for the future of the World” ,said Otegen.

WE WILL TRY TO BENEFIT FROM THE WISDOM AND EXPERIENCE OF TURKEY

Expressing that Turkey takes an active role among all the Muslim countries, Prof. Dr. Subhan Kureshi the Chairman of Pasaver Dairy Teknopark stated that they, as Pakistan, will try to benefit from the wisdom and experience of Turkey.

Moreover, Arif Yusuf the Deputy Secretary General of the Khyber Pakhunkhwa Government said “ The scientists in Pakistan and Turkey will carry out many conferences and congresses shoulder to shoulder and hand-to-hand in parallel with the technology centers by bringing together different ideas. Accordingly, I would especially like to thank Konya Metropolitan Municipality and Selcuk University.”

13 COUNTRIES HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THE CONVENTION

In the convention, which will last 5 days, as well as from Turkey, participants from Pakistan, Australia, Malaysia, China, India, Iraq, Egypt, Algeria, Mongolia, Niger, Sudan and Gambia will present reports. Mardan Female University Director Prof. Dr. Ghazala Yasmin, Pakistan World Bank Director Prof. Dr. M. Azam Kakar, The Head of Konya Plains Project (KOP) Regional Development Administration Ihsan Bostanci, The Head of Bahri Dagdas International Agricultural Research Institute Fatih Ozdemir, academicians, and other agricultural stakeholders have joined the opening of the convention.



Agricities Meeting Program in The Press

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DATE COMPANY NEWS TITLE
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21.03.2017 Konya Valiliği Uluslararası Tarım Şehirleri Toplantısı Başladı
21.03.2017 Milliyet Uluslararası Tarım Şehirleri Toplantısı Konya'da Yapılıyor
21.03.2017 Haber7 Uluslararası Tarım Şehirleri Toplantısı
21.03.2017 Sivas Bülteni Uluslararası Tarım Şehirleri Toplantısı
21.03.2017 Diriliş Akdeniz Uluslararası Tarım Şehirleri Toplantısı Konya’da yapılıyor
21.03.2017 HaberFark Uluslararası Tarım Şehirleri Toplantısı Konya’da yapılıyor
21.03.2017 Haber50 Uluslararası Tarım Şehirleri Toplantısı
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21.03.2017 Twitter/Ukraine in Turkey Делегація з України бере участь у відкритті міжнародної конференції Agricities Meeting в місті Конья.
22.03.2017 GıdaTarım Uluslararası Tarım Şehirleri Toplantısı Konya’da yapılıyor
24.03.2017 Habertürk Konya'da Uluslararası Tarım Şehirleri Toplantısı Sona erdi
24.03.2017 Milliyet Konya'da Uluslararası Tarım Şehirleri Toplantısı Sona Erdi
24.03.2017 Bursa Hakimiyet Bursa Tarımda Örnek
24.03.2017 Haberler Konya'da Uluslararası Tarım Şehirleri Toplantısı Sona Erdi
24.03.2017 Beyaz Gazete Konya'da Uluslararası Tarım Şehirleri Toplantısı Sona Erdi
24.03.2017 Malatya Güncel Konya’da Uluslararası Tarım Şehirleri Toplantısı sona erdi
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25.03.2017 İstasyon Gazetesi Konya’da Uluslararası Tarım Şehirleri Toplantısı sona erdi