ZIHA fleets will be formed to save water and pesticides and increase productivity in agriculture.

The General Directorate of Agricultural Credit Cooperatives will create fleets of ZIHA (agricultural unmanned aerial vehicles) in order to spread the drones, which save water and drugs in agriculture and increase productivity, in every province.

General Manager of Agricultural Credit Cooperatives, Fahrettin Poyraz, told Anadolu Agency (AA) that significant savings will be achieved both in water and medicine with the use of ZIHAs. Stating that with the use of ZIHA, there will be serious gains in terms of efficiency both for the country and for the farmer partners, Poyraz said, “Trials are being carried out with ZIHAs on 20 different products in 15 provinces. As a result of the product-based results, we will hopefully create ZIHA fleets in our provinces.” said.

Pointing out that they received reports from trial studies on a product basis, Poyraz continued his words as follows:

“These products are costly. He will make an appointment with us at the time of spraying. Our teams will go, they will spray in a very short time.”

Efforts are underway to provide interest-free financing support to farmers

Poyraz pointed out that the Agricultural Credit Cooperatives are an important organization that supports agriculture in Turkey, especially in terms of financing. Underlining that there is a serious increase in interest rates from time to time depending on the changing economic conditions, Poyraz said:

“We have recently started working to transform the Agricultural Credit structure into an interest-free system. Instead of providing more loans, we have switched to the method of providing agricultural inputs to our farmers through deferred sales. We continue this. The next stage of this is by changing and transforming our own structure as Agricultural Credit Cooperatives or in the form of participation banking. We want to create and maintain the financial support of agriculture with an interest-free model, hopefully by turning into a bank. At this stage, our work continues within ourselves. After providing the technical infrastructures, I hope we will meet with the officials of our Ministry and our state and present our projects to them. So after this stage, we have two ways. Either we have to build our own structure. We will transform it, which requires legal regulation, or we want to turn it into financing for agriculture in the form of a participation bank. After we have our project in flesh and bones, I hope we will present it to our authorities. This will happen in a not too long time. The next target Our aim will be to transform the Agricultural Credit Cooperatives into an interest-free system and in this way serve Turkish agriculture and farmers.”

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