Turkey - HNV Farming
Examples of some of the HNV farming systems requiring special and targeted support in Turkey, Text and photos: Pille Koorberg
Common use of pastures for grazing
The state-owned rangelands largely used for grazing represent around 13,6 million ha.
Due to problems with the implementation of the law on pastures (Rangeland Act, 1998) there is still no effective support to the farming systems associated with them such as common grazing on village pastures or seasonal grazing in more mountainous areas.
Extensive mixed farming systems
Around 60% of the family farms in Turkey manage less that 6 ha of land usually comprised of a mixture of cultivated land (cereals and fodder crops), fallow land, pasture and some fruit trees. The majority of crops are grown for own consumption.