Milk is now healthier in Niğde

01 Apr 2010

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Niğde farmers now have their very own Saanen dairy goats provided to them in the scope of the "Saanen Dairy Goats Breeding Project for Poor Farmers and Women Living in the Seyhan River Basin", one of the 18 projects supported by Adaptation to Climate Change in the Seyhan River Basin Grant Programme.

New Horizons - Milk will now be healthier in Niğde thanks to these special goats which are tough to breed but are not damaging to pastures and produce better quality milk, full of nutrients. The project will not only provide important economic opportunities for Niğde locals, but will also aim to reduce poverty and migration risk in the province.

The "Saanen Dairy Goats Breeding Project for Poor Farmers and Women Living in the Seyhan River Basin" is being carried out by Combating Drought and Ecological Life Association in Central Anatolia (ANADOĞA) and Young Nature Society. 16 chosen families were provided milking machines, roughage and concentrate feed to start with, in the scope of the project run in Central Niğde, Çamardı, Bor and Ulukışla provinces. During Saanen Dairy Goat Distribution Festival held on 23 February, 240 Saanen dairy goats brought from villages in Bursa, Karacabey, Balıkesir and Bandırma were distributed to their new owners.

The festival was attended by, the president of the project partner Young Nature Society Murat Türk, Niğde University faculty members, president of the Central Anatolia Nature Protection Federation (İÇDOĞA) Cengiz Kaya, Director of Bor Vocational High School Bilge Karatepe, Niğde University vice rector Mehmet Şener and deputy governor Polat Kara.

In order to support families through potential problems they may encounter while caring for their new goats, the ANADOĞA association added a zootechnician field trainer, a veterinarian, a marketing expert and two field workers to the project team.

President of ANADOĞA Association Mustafa Uludoğan explained “In addition to making economic contributions to Niğde and its locals, the project also aims to reduce poverty and the risk of migration specifically in Niğde, Bor, Ulukışla, Çamardı and the Seyhan River Basin. In order to ensure environmental sustainability, it is necessary to increase the adaptation capacity of poor families” he said.

Project activities are supported by Niğde University, and the Governorship of Niğde.

Launched in 2008, Enhancing the Capacity of Turkey to Adapt to Climate Change in Turkey UN Joint Programme was developed in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Forest with the foresight that the achievement of the MDGs will fall under risk caused by climate change. The Joint Programme run by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) consists of goals and activities to manage climatic risks, develop human resources, scientific research and a political framework to ensure that the poorest are least affected by climate change and a grant programme to demonstrate that precautions against climate change can be applied at the local level. In the scope of the grant programme, a total of 18 projects (12 in Adana, 4 in Kayseri and 2 in Niğde) covering the persisting effects of climate change on water resources, agriculture, animal husbandry and forestry, as well as on epidemics are being implemented.