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Press & Agriculture Day Program from MTU

January 10
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Press & Agriculture Day Program from MTU

January 10 All day

Herbal Production General Manager Dr. Mehmet Hasdemir and Journalist Writer Tahir Sarıkaya were the guests of MTU.

Malatya Turgut Özal University Rector Aysun Bay Karabulut, Herbal Production General Manager Mehmet Hasdemir, Journalist Writer Tahir Sarıkaya, Agriculture and Forestry Provincial Director Tahir Macit, Chamber of Agricultural Engineers President Fevzi Çiçek, Provincial Press Representatives and Agricultural Engineers attended the Press and Agriculture Day which is held on the occasions of January 10th Working Journalists Day and 176th Anniversary of Agricultural Education and Training, and carried out in Malatya Turgut Ozal University.

Stating that Turkey is one of the few countries in the world in the fields of print and visual media, social media and internet journalism that adapt to the developments in communication technologies, MTU Rector Prof. Dr. Aysun Bay Karabulut used the phrases, “Media stands out as an indispensable element of our country in meeting the public's right to receive information and informing them correctly. In this process, journalists who work in a principled manner with the awareness of democratic and moral responsibility fulfill an important duty for the society. In this sense, I congratulate the Working Journalists' Day of all our members of the press who fulfill their duty of informing people effectively, impartially and honestly.”

“Interest in agriculture increased during the pandemic period”

Rector Prof. Dr. Karabulut also referred to the anniversary of Agricultural Education and Training, reminding that agriculture is as old as the date when human beings settled down, and said that societies became conscious about agriculture and saw agriculture as a scientific field over time. Rector Karabulut, who underlined that more importance was given to agricultural production and production resources during the Covid 19 epidemic we went through, stated that agriculture is in a very important position for the future and that it is necessary to act within this framework by foreseeing the future.

“I congratulate the establishment anniversary of Mekteb-i Zirai Şahane”

Karabulut stated that as Malatya Turgut Özal University, postgraduate education is given on agriculture within the Faculty of Agriculture, and said that various research studies and production studies continue in the field of many fruits, vegetables and ornamental plants, especially apricots, in accordance with the needs of the producers and the sector in the region. Karabulut said, “Today is the day of our veteran farmers and agricultural engineers, the 176th anniversary of Agricultural Education and Training and we are proud to be with you today. Agriculture is still the main sector for our country, not only economically, but also socially as it employs 43% of the country's population. “Agricultural Higher Education” plays a very important role in the development of the agricultural sector. The biggest goal of Agricultural Higher Education is production.”

Journalist Writer Tahir Sarıkaya, who made a speech on Media and Communication on the occasion of January 10 Working Journalists' Day, said, "This is my first time in Malatya, now we are making speeches on the screen, but here we are away, of course, there is excitement, it is not like the screen, we talk to the camera there, we say what we want in our own space, but there is excitement. Isn’t there? Of course there is. First of all, I would like to thank our students who study here and our dear elders.

Explaining his career life to the students, Sarıkaya said, "I was a reporter, I finished Communication in Gazi University in 2003, then I started as a reporter on a television in 2004, I worked as a reporter until 2012, then I started the morning news on Beyaz TV in 2012. From 2012, 2013 to 2016, I presented the morning news on weekdays for about four years, then moved on to the weekend. Since 2016, we have woken up people on weekends, entertained people, listened to people's problems. This is my career and it is very valuable.”

“I have followed my dreams and came to these days”

Emphasizing the importance of struggling with difficulties, Sarıkaya said, “Many issues have passed through, we have dealt with many events in our lives in media, we have many memories, more precisely, we have many moments in media and TV, but of course we do not have time to tell these memories here. We had a tape recorder in our house when I was nine years old. I wanted to be a journalist, but I felt like a DJ in front of the radio. I followed my dreams and came to these days.” he said.

Mehmet Hasdemir, General Manager of Plant Production of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, who made a speech on the 176th anniversary of Agricultural Education and Training, said, “I will share with you what is happening in plant production in Turkey on this beautiful day, on both the Working Journalists' Day and the Anniversary of Agricultural Education. Moreover, I will summarize the work done in order to bring together the right information, which is the most important duty of both journalists and agriculturalists to humanity, and to tell the truth, and then I would like to get your evaluations. I would like to thank our agriculturalists who add value to agriculture in this country, Malatya and the world.”

“These lands have taught humanity the civilization of agriculture, urbanization with agriculture, and settled life.”

Referring to the impact of Malatya's historical and geographical structure on Agriculture, Rector Karabulut said, "The value that comes out of these lands are not just wheat and apricots, it is a rising civilization. In Aslantepe, Malatya which was the first city-state five thousand years ago, these products came out in ruins with agricultural production on the banks of the Fırat River. A city-state was established with agricultural activity. It is true that Göbekli Tepe was founded earlier, but these lands on which we set foot in this geography have taught humanity the agricultural civilization, urbanization through agriculture, and settled life. In addition to these lands, which is the homeland of wheat, one of these values is added to the apricot in Malatya, which is the homeland of wheat.”

General Manager Hasdemir said, “We did not look for alternative products to apricots, we tried to study products that are alternative to apricots, so this university also carries out its best works, and sends the obtained products to many countries of the world and carries out an exemplary work. In this sense, Malatya farmers have done their part by adding value to apricots.” He ended his speech with these statements.

After the questions of students, members of the press and Agricultural Engineers, the program ended with a group photograph and the presentation of plaques to the members of Malatya Chamber of Agricultural Engineers, who completed their 35th year in the Agricultural Engineering Profession.


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