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Minister Židan speaks with Turkish ministers of forest and agriculture on enhancing cooperation

Ankara, Istanbul, 2 October 2017 – On the second day of his visit to Turkey, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia and Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, mag. Dejan Židan, met Dr Ahmet Eşref Fakıbaba, Minister of Food, Agriculture and Livestock, and Dr Veysel Eroğlu, Minister of Forest and Water Management, in Ankara.

The discussions at today’s bilateral meetings of Minister Židan in Ankara with the ministers of forest and agriculture focused on enhancing cooperation in the fields of agriculture, rural development and forestry. Minister Veysel Eroğlu, responsible for forestry and water management, is an expert on water supply, and today’s talks highlighted adjusting to climate change. The discussion partners particularly emphasised the importance of irrigation; Turkey has a lot of experience in this field which could be helpful for Slovenia. The Turkish Minister also supported the conservation of bees and Slovenia’s efforts regarding World Bee Day. The ministers agreed that cooperation must be enhanced between the countries and suitable agreements must be concluded to stimulate such cooperation.


In his discussion with Minister Židan, Ahmet Eşref Fakıbaba, the Turkish Minister of Food, Agriculture and Livestock, first emphasised the importance of bees and other pollinators. Turkey is the second largest producer of honey in the world, and it also actively supports our initiative for World Bee Day. The Minister particularly commended the Slovenian exhibition area at Apimondia, where he also visited our World of Bees pavilion. He also highlighted the need to exchange know-how and cooperation on projects between both countries. 


Minister Židan visited the Eurasia Tunnel under the Bosphorus Strait connecting Europe and Asia, which opened at the end of 2016 and was constructed by the company Yapi Merkezi of Mr Mustafa Başar Arioğlu, the Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Slovenia, with headquarters in Istanbul. This was one of the largest and most challenging infrastructure projects in this part of the world, valued at USD 1.3 billion.