Environmental Indicators
Environmental Indicators
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 1989-2017 period, a total of 2,583,004 hectares of agricultural land was allowed for non-agricultural activity in Turkey.

700,975 hectares of agricultural land was allowed for non-agricultural use in 2005-2017 period. 61.7% of this land was dry marginal agricultural land and 23.8% was absolute agricultural land [47].

In 2017, 7,401 applications for non-agricultural use have been made and in total 38,678 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 70- MISUSE OF AGRICULTURAL AREAS WITHIN THE SCOPE OF SOIL CONSERVATION AND LAND USE LAW NO 5403 (2001-2017)

 

GRAPH 71- DISTRIBUTION OF THE LAND ALLOWED FOR MISUSE ACCORDING TO THEIR CLASSES IN THE 2005-2017 PERIOD

Source: Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, General Directorate of Agricultural Reform