State adds storage for 1.5 million ton grains

State adds storage for 1.5 million ton grains

ANKARA - Anatolia News Agency
State adds storage for 1.5 million ton grains

The grain board will build storage facilities in several provinces.

The Turkish Grain Board (TMO) is set to seek a solution for Turkey’s grain storage shortage, which totals 6 million tons by providing 1.5 million ton capacity storages within five years.

While Turkey produces 32 million grains per year and supplies 70 percent of production to the market, the storage capacity of TMO is 4 million tons of grain and private sector’s is 14 million, which makes 17 million tons.

With a demand for 6 million tons of storage, the board aims to develop a new storage area with the capacity to house 1.5 million tons of grain in five years, also ensuring the grains will be stored in accordance with healthy storage standards.

106 million liras in costs

“New grain storages and elevators will be equipped with modern technology” said Mesut Köse, general director of TMO, as reported by Anatolian news agency.

The first group of closed storages to be built in Yozgat, Konya, Ankara, Şanlıurfa, Diyarbakır, Gaziantep, Adıyaman, Kırklareli, Çankırı, Kırşehir and Çorum aims to reach a capacity of 300,000 tons and costs 106 million Turkish liras.