The land consolidation in Turkey will be finalized in seven rather than 10 years, according to the Agriculture Reform General Director Gursel Kusek. “We aim to finalize the consolidation of a 14-million hectares area overall the country within seven rather than 10 years,” Kusek said. A total of 4 million hectares of land will be consolidated by 2012, he added.
Of the remaining 10 million hectares, Kusek said 4 million are already open for irrigation and an additional 2 million would be opened soon, leaving the rest of the land for dryland agriculture. “In order to open the additional 2 million hectares to irrigation, we have to consolidate the area first,” he added.
Reminding that the State Water Administration, or DSI, builds irrigation systems in consolidated land, Kusek said the Turkish state would thus save 2.4 billion Turkish Liras due to land consolidation. Providing irrigation systems for dispersed pieces of land both raises costs and increases losses in land due to infrastructure for the water channels, Kusek said. Public institutions are authorized to expropriate 2% from every owners’s property for state projects, he added.