Turkish Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs Mehmet Mehdi Eker met Tuesday with Tunisian Minister for Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries Abdessalem Mansour and an accompanying delegation in Ankara.
Speaking to reporters while meeting Mansour, Minister Eker said that he was happy to see the Tunisian delegation in Turkey.
"Turkey and Tunisia are two countries that have deep friendly ties coming from history," Eker said.
Turkey and Tunisia face certain problems that they can solve by facilitating solutions together. There is a need to find solutions for increasing prices of food items, drought and flood disaster, Eker underlined.
Turkey and Tunisia are two important producers of olive oil. Yet brand building is a common problem of the two countries. Turkey sends olive oil to Spain and Italy in bulk. Those two countries later pour the olive oil into bottles and sell the olive oil under their brand names. We need to work on this matter, Eker also said.
Mansour, in his part, said that Turkey and Tunisia resembled each other in the agricultural field.
Agriculture's contribution to the national income in Tunisia is about 12-13 percent and agriculture employs around 18 percent of the Tunisian work force, Mansour said.
Turkey and Tunisia share excellent relations vis-a-vis the agricultural sector. Turkey and Tunisia must complement each other rather than be competitors, Mansour stressed.
Tunisia is a major producer of olive oil and dates. We are also working on fisheries and organic agriculture, Mansour added.
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