175th Anniversary of Agricultural Education and Training from MTU

175th Anniversary of Agricultural Education and Training from MTU

“Agriculture is Not a Job, Not a Profession, Not a Sector, Agriculture is an Art.”


Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Ayşe Ayşin IŞIKGECE, TAGEM General Manager Dr Nevzat Birişik, Agricultural Engineers Chamber of Malatya Branch Head Fevzi Çiçek, Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture Prof. Dr. Kazım Gündüz and the university senate participated in the event “175th Anniversary of Agricultural Education and Training” jointly organized by Malatya Turgut Özal University Faculty of Agriculture and the Chamber of Agricultural Engineers for the 175th Anniversary of Agricultural Education and Training.

At the event, where online participation from corporate Youtube and Instagram accounts was held at Malatya Turgut Özal University Battalgazi Agricultural Campus, Rector Prof. Dr. Aysun Bay Karabulut was the moderator. The program started with a moment of silence and the Turkish National Anthem.

“We Will Represent Our Country And Our Profession In Every Environment In The Best Way.” said Miraç Erdal Özdaş, M. T. U. faculty of Agriculture student.

“MTÜ is an Agriculture and Farmer Friendly University.”


Malatya Turgut Özal University Rector Prof. Dr. Aysun Bay Karabulut said, “Malatya Turgut Özal University is an agriculture and farmer friendly university. When our university was founded, the only faculty that had a student was the Faculty of Agriculture. Our establishment campus is also an agricultural campus. ” using the expressions Prof. Dr. Karabulut stated that Apricot has a very serious economic value for Malatya and said, “I do not only look at the economic aspect of apricot, but also as a healthcare provider, as a biochemist, we have worked on the very serious contributions of apricots to health for many years and in our Apricot Products Development Application and Research Center, we are producing our Prebiotic Apricot Kernel Extract product, Apricot Seed Extract, which I have been working on for more than 10 years and with the support of our Minister of Agriculture and Forestry. said.

“Agriculture is the foundation of the national economy”


Because of Turkey’s geographical location, it is one of the countries where the diversity of soil and strategic agricultural products is seen the most, said Rector Prof. Dr. Aysun Bay Karabulut “All this shows how great our potential and strength is. But this is not enough. Because the responsibility that we have in the changing world is very great, especially with our research and development activities, intelligent agricultural practices, technological and digital all opportunities and agricultural production with all innovations is one of our most important tasks.”

“In recent years, it has been observed that the struggle between countries has rapidly moved out of the field of energy sources and towards basic food sources such as water and food. Gazi Mustafa Kemal Ataturk also emphasized the importance and contribution of the agricultural sector in the country’s economy from the earliest days with the promise of’ Agriculture is the basis of the national economy’.” was in the form.

“Agriculture is not a job, not a profession, not a sector, agriculture is an art.”


Rector Prof. Dr. Karabulut said, “Agriculture is not a job, it is not a profession, it is not a sector, agriculture is an art. Our Agricultural Engineers and farmers are craftsmen who embroider this land. Agriculture and agricultural production are indispensable for sustainable economies. The biggest contribution in achieving this belongs to agricultural education. ”

“I know my thanks to our producers.”

Referring to the reflections of the Covid_19 epidemic, Rector Prof. Dr. Karabulut said, “We continue to see its impact in every aspect of our lives. Covid_19 affected all sectors in the world, especially education, economic, education, health, agriculture, tourism and food sectors. Countries that provide food security and competence in agricultural production after the epidemic will achieve economic stability and overcome this process with the least damage. In this sense, I would like to thank all of our producers who continue to produce in the Covid_19 process with great devotion. ” gave his statements.



“In Short, Agriculture Is As Old As The Established History Of Mankind.”

“Distinguished members of Turgut Özal University; I am really pleased to be together with you at this conference held for the 175th year of agricultural education. ” Using the expressions of Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Forest Ayşe Ayşin Işıkgece said, “As you all know, agriculture is the basis of the settled life that human beings pass through when they learn to use the land for production after hunting. In short, agriculture; It is as old as the established history of man and is very important to all of us. Humankind has become more conscious of the importance of agriculture, which is the basis of our present civilization, and in time began to perceive it as a scientific field. Professional agricultural education activities in our country started with the establishment of Mekteb-i Ziraat-i Şahane on January 10, 1846. This date is considered the beginning of agricultural education and has been celebrated as agriculture week and agriculture festival since then. He used his expressions.

Ayşe Ayşin Işıkgece, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Forestry said, “Agriculture is now in a strategic position as much as the national defense industry, and the pandemic has shown us this very clearly. We have to foresee the future and act planned within this framework. The way to achieve this passes through using technology and knowledge in agriculture. As the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, we continue to always stand by our universities with our R&D activities, smart agriculture practices, and all our technological and digital facilities. ”

Deputy Minister Işıkgece said, “Agriculture is the raw material of the economy and industry, and every investment in this regard means investment in all sectors of the country. As the ministry, we carry out our projects in cooperation with the producer, state, university and private sector.

In the agricultural policies of the 21st century, we act by taking into account many factors such as global competition, climate changes, increasing population, epidemics, agriculture and employment policies of rival countries. As the Ministry, we are using a budget of approximately 1 billion TL from various sources for our R&D studies. ”

“We all live on a very rich soil.”

Deputy Minister Işıkgece said, “We are taking our endless research and development efforts further with the opportunities provided by our Presidency, the dynamism and momentum it provides.

Our Minister, Doctor Bekir Pakdemirli, declared 2020 as the digitalization year of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. In this context, we mobilized the digital agriculture market. I hope 2021 will be a fruitful, healthy, productive and full of information. ” He ended his words with his statements.

“As MTÜ Faculty of Agriculture, we are ready to do our task” Said Prof. Dr. Kazım Gündüz, Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture.

“If The World Is An 82-Year-Old Human, Humanity is a Day-old Baby.

TAGEM General Manager Dr. Nevzat Birişik, “Today, as a Malatya, I am extremely happy to be together in a very beautiful university.”

“According to written sources, we human beings have existed on earth for about 150 thousand years. The universe is 15 billion years old, and our planet is 4.5 billion years old. When we think about this, if we compare it only with the life of the planet; If the world is an 82-year-old person, humanity is a day old baby. Therefore, we are a living creature that came to earth very late, and when we arrived there were actually many things around us. ” He used his expressions.


“Production alone is not enough. It is important to be able to produce continuously and to produce safely. This opens the door to a new age. Together we will serve this approach can produce human resources and technology can protect the competitiveness of agriculture in Turkey and we can develop. ” said.

“What Should We Understand When We Say Agriculture 4.0.”

Birişik said, “We are talking about an agricultural revolution where biology and technology are combined and digitalized. This has two components; the first is biotechnology, the second is information technologies and next generation mechanization. When we say Agriculture 4.0, we mean the second, but we should not forget that the 4th agricultural revolution has two pillars.

Prof. Dr. Karabulut said, ” while we are growing our agricultural production on the one hand, we should bring our agricultural industry to the content that produces high added value. For this purpose, the nature and institutional culture of agricultural education are of great importance. In this context, our president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has made great efforts in the development of Turkish agriculture from the past to the present, our Minister of Agriculture and forestry, Bekir Pakdemirli, the academic community, our valuable producers, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Ayşe Ayşin IŞIKGECE, General Manager of TAGEM Dr. Nevzat Birişik, President of Malatya branch of the Chamber of Agricultural Engineers Fevzi Çiçek and I thank everyone who has worked.” she ended with her statements.