Chairman of the Board
Aegean Region Flour Industrialists’ Association
Dear Miller Magazine Readers,
I salute all of you on behalf of EUSD Association members.
Elections, terrorist incidents and shrinking exportation markets left their mark on 2015 entirely. During this period that we went through in the shade of all of these negativities, 4% of growth actualized in 2015 can be considered to be a success under the current conditions. Additionally, 7,6% of growth of the agriculture sector in the same year, in which we are a part, is another success.
Apart from this good growth performance, we have to bear in mind that we all need R&D, sustainable agriculture and exportation policies and human resources for our performance to be sustainable compared to other countries in our category. Otherwise, maintaining the continuity of this success is a risk.
Problems we experience in terms of the foreign policy and the current situation of our region may cause the exportation market to shrink in such case we urgently have to consider alternative markets, too. To be able to say, as we always proudly do, that “we are the mainland of wheat” and “we are the most successful country in the milling industry”; obstacles and barriers towards industrial investments and production must be removed one by one and, if necessary, they must be subject to positive discrimination in some cyclical cases. This way, our industrialists can focus on developing and growing their business because growing industry means increasing exportation, developing Turkey and also a nation with a high welfare.
From this perspective, we have to comply with the Industry 4.0 revolution to be able to compete with developing countries in the world. As you all know, while the output and quality increase in the industry with Industry 4.0, amounts of raw materials and wastes will decrease. Rare sources such as energy and water will not be overused and the nature and environment will be polluted less.
Industry 4.0 also means the decrease in the demand for labour. However, it is also an indication that we will need qualified, educated people, who will be able to use technology, more and more. For this reason, we need to look after the milling departments to lead and pave the way for our sector with our workforce. On the other side, we see that Turkey is both a machinery manufacturer and importer. Most of the imported machines are computerized; however, we are experiencing problems in terms of their use and our businesses cannot completely benefit from the characteristics of machines. We cannot strengthen the machines we produce through computerized software solutions and maintain the communication between the machines. We have entered a new process based on software and computerized machines and we have to adapt to this process as soon as possible.
Harvesting season of 2016 has started. This year, harvest has started earlier than the previous. In 2016, it is estimated that the yield will be close to the one acquired in 2015 although it will not be as fertile as it was in 2015. However, I can tell you that the product quality is better compared to the previous year. Wheat markets around the world are expected to have a smooth year. I wish a fertile harvesting season which will repay your labour and expectations.
I believe that the new Prime Minister of our country and İzmir Representative of the Parliament, Binali YILDIRIM will cause the targets of 2023 to be actualized by accommodating a peaceful environment in Turkey again.
I wish a fertile season for all of Miller Magazine readers.