Land Consolidation and Agricultural Sustainability in Turkey
Kemal Sulhi Gundogdu1, S. Tulin Akkaya Aslan1, Muge Kirmikil1, Serkan Gurluk2
1Uludag University, Dept. of Biosystems Engineering, Turkey
Land consolidation works are carried out in Turkey since the 1960s and only 10 % of agricultural lands have been consolidated. The main objective of land consolidation is to ensure rural development. Yet, in Turkey, due to the lack of monitoring and evaluation after consolidation practices, data to determine if the consolidation has resulted in expected socio-economic impacts is lacking. Land consolidation caused increases in productivity per unit area increasing size of land plots and changing the plot shape to become more suitable for modern agricultural techniques. In this context, the increase in productivity and the farmers' economic situation need to be investigated. The farm size is the key factor in the farmers' production capabilities and consequently their incomes.
Keywords: Evaluating, land consolidation, monitoring
Contact Address: Kemal Sulhi Gundogdu, Uludag University, Dept. of Biosystems Engineering, Ziraat Fakultesi, 16059 Bursa, Turkey, e-mail: kemalsulhigmail.com