8.2- Misuse of Agricultural Areas

This is a pressure indicator. Increasing population, urbanisation and industrialization poses pressure on agricultural land and impacts the agricultural land.

In the 1989-2015 period, a total of 2,553,316 hectares of agricultural land was allowed for non-agricultural activity in Turkey.

629,285 hectares of agricultural land was allowed for non-agricultural use in 2006-2015 period. 65.4% of this land was dry marginal agricultural land and 22.9% was absolute agricultural land [41].

In 2015, 24,421 applications for non-agricultural use have been made and in total 96,255 ha of agriculture land was permitted to be used as non-agricultural area.

According to the Soil Protection and Land Use Law number 5403, irrigated farming and fertile agricultural lands should be conserved and unless absolutely necessary, apart from marginal ones these lands cannot be used for construction.

 

GRAPH 71- MISUSE OF AGRICULTURAL AREAS WITHIN THE SCOPE OF SOIL CONSERVATION AND LAND USE LAW NO 5403 (2001-2015)

 

GRAPH 72- DISTRIBUTION OF THE LAND ALLOWED FOR MISUSE ACCORDING TO THEIR CLASSES IN THE 2006-2015 PERIOD

Source: http://www.tarim.gov.tr/sgb/Belgeler/SagMenuVeriler/TRGM.pdf