"CATS AND DOGS WİLL NOT BE SOLD İN PET SHOPS HEREUPON"
Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Bekir Pakdemirli stated that, despite Turkey is the fourth in walnut production, it is also importer; within the scope of being an exporter, they could establish licensed warehouse and stock market for walnut in Denizli.
Minister Pakdemirli, participated in the Denizli Walnut Fields Development Project Sapling Distribution Ceremony in Sevindik indoor market within the scope of Denizli program.
In his speech, Mr. Pakdemirli stated that the existence of forest has increased by 1.5 million hectares in the last 16 years and they have been working for 30 percent of the country's land became forest and woodland in 2023, " We have a goal of planting one tree per person living in the World that is to say 7 billion in 2023".
Minister Pakdemirli noted that they focus on to make Turkey exporter in walnut which is an importer now, and said "Althought Turkey is one of the homeland of walnut, today it is importer. But I believe that we will close this gap very quickly, General Directorate of Forestry is doing what is necessary."
Dr Pakdemirli stated that, although Turkey is importer with its annual production of 200 thousand tons of walnuts, the fourth largest manufacturer in the world; but they aimed to reach Iran with 400 thousand tons of the production. And added that, Denizli is the first in the Aegean region in walnut production, third in the Turkey.
DENIZLI IS HOMELAND OF WALNUT
Dr. Pakdemirli said that Denizli can rise to the first place in walnut production in 5 years with its distribution of 500 thousand certified walnut seed.
Dr. Pakdemirli pointed out that they can establish a licensed warehouse and stock exchange of walnut in Denizli, and continued his speech as follows:
"I want to ask to the president of the stock market and to my esteemed mayor; if you are ready to do a common business, Soil Products Office, the stock market and the municipality can do it. Let's turn the walnut into one of the licensed warehousing items and walnut is now the motherland of Denizli. Hopefully, we will raise our 50,000 acres of walnut field to 100 thousand hectares as soon as possible; so migration from the village to the city may reduce. As of today, we are distributing 30 thousand saplings, and we will also distribute 110 thousand seedlings in this year. We also hope that Turkey will be reunited with the walnuts, and there is no longer need to make imports."
VACCINATION OF WAIFS
Dr. Pakdemirli then participated in the opening ceremony of the Street Animals Housing-Rehabilitation Center and Wildlife Park, which was completed by the Metropolitan Municipality of Denizli, in the Karakurt neighborhood of Pamukkale district.
Dr. Pakdemirli also has a dog owner, said that:
"While my Lord has created such beauties, we must be more intertwined with them. While there are 5 star hotel comforts here; these places must not be permanent residence of animals. Under the good conditions here, animals are vaccinated and have neutered and then left to their natural environment.
Until today, 40 million pounds investment have been done in 8-9 years. Last 15 years nearly 1.5 million waifs are vaccinated, 1 million have neutered and over 300,000 animals have been adopted in these care homes. If we increase the rate of ownership, this will be much better."
VIOLENCE AND DELIBRATE KILLING TO ANIMALS WILL BE INCLUDING THE SCOPE OF CRIME NOW
In his speech, Dr.Pakdemirli stated that they have been working on a draft law which is widely spoken in public; and he continued:
"Of course, this is not only the concerns of Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, so we have reached an agreement as 3 ministries. The final decision will be given by the Assembly, but acts of violence against the animals and delibrate killing will now come out of the scope of misdemeanor and become the scope of crime. I hope that the law will come out soon and the public conscience will be a little more relaxed.
Because it is not right to display of animals in these bad environments, behind those windows; cats and dogs will not be sold in pet shops hereupon. We also plan to impose sanctions on those who have left the animals in the street."