Turkey aims for zero-waste agriculture

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Turkey to recycle every byproduct generated by agricultural production in the country through the 1000 Farmers, 1000 Blessings project.

Under the project, hay and other organic waste, as well as plastics, will be recycled or upcycled.

Farmers participating in the program receive training, digital agriculture tools, and consultancy provided by the government.

By 2030, the government hopes to reach 10 million farmers.

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