Claims that the novel coronavirus pandemic will cause a food shortage in Turkey are not rational because the country has no issues with agricultural production, especially of cereals, says an agriculture expert.

Turkey, which produces around 20 million tons of wheat annually, is a self-sufficient country, Orhan Ozcatalbas told Anadolu Agency.

“Expectations of famine in the next 3-4 years for a country which has planted wheat on seven million hectares of land before the coronavirus epidemic is unrealistic unless there are unusual climatic factors,” he said.

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