Priority agricultural products being identified for Integrated Resource Efficiency in Agriculture and Agro-based Industries in GAP RegionOct 1, 2017
Works were started to identify agricultural products that were dominant in the region and would provide added value by processing in the value chain as a result of the filtering approach under the Integrated Resource Efficiency in Agriculture and Agro-based Industries in GAP Region Project.
Focus group discussions were held in this context with agricultural producers, public agencies and industrialists in Gaziantep, then in Şanlıurfa. The discussions dwelled on an assessment of factors that adversely affected resource use in agricultural production and agro-based industry, and of measures for improvement. The focus group discussions will establish the ground work for efficiency-based value chain analyses and data compilation on the basis of individual enterprises in the future.
Producers and industrialists voiced, in the focus group discussions, the problems of resource efficiency in the production and processing of such crops as Antep pistachio, wheat, olive, cotton, red lentil, pepper and grapes grown in the region. While such factors as fertilizer, energy, water, labor, storage were assessed in terms of productivity, further addressed were the issues of using waste to improve resource efficiency, efficient use of energy, gearing towards renewable energy sources, rational sue of water, evaluation of ecosystem services, impact of climate change etc.
Under the Project, top 10 priority crops will be selected through the filtering approach; a value chain analysis will be conducted to cover all stages from the primary agricultural production to processing and to the consumer to identify the stages in the chain where efficiency losses occur or where potential for improving efficiency lies. The process will be supplemented by surveys and focus group discussions. Then, integrated resource efficiency-oriented pilot applications will be designed for 5 priority agricultural products to be selected covering all the process stages from production, processing to market placement.
The Integrated Resource Efficiency in Agriculture and Agro-based Industries in GAP Region Project is implemented by the GAP Regional Development Administration with technical cooperation from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and support from the Ministry of Development.
The Project aims at using resources effectively and efficiently in agriculture and agro-based industries, and contributing to sustainable development of the region.
• The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) refers to “Resource Efficiency” on the basis of efficient use of raw materials, energy and water through the entire value chain. Resource efficiency is defined as reducing the adverse impact on environment of products and services through their life cycle of production and consumption.
• The European Commission defines resource efficiency as using the Earth's limited resources in a sustainable manner while minimising impacts on the environment. It allows us to create more with less and to deliver greater value with less input.