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Agriculture

Kilis economy is largely based on agriculture and animal husbandry. When examining the land distribution of Kilis province, the total area is 1,520,100 decares. According to TSI 2018 data, 68% (1,029,448 decares) of these lands are agricultural lands. Of these agricultural lands, 53% (548,400 decares) of fruits, beverage and spice crops area, 38% (391.601 decares) of cultivated areas, 4% (48,534 decares) of vegetable gardens and 3% (40,913 decares) ) fallow areas. In these areas cereals and other vegetable products, vegetables, fruit and beverage products are produced. According to Kilis Province of Food, Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Department’s 2018 data, in the province there are a total of 7,889 registered farmers.

 

Important agricultural products grown in the province are olives, grapes, peppers, pistachios and silage corn. In terms of cultivated areas, most of the province covers agricultural areas belonging to olive, wheat and grape products. In the province, the highest amount of production is observed in corn, pepper and grape products and the amount of production changes from year to year depending on climatic characteristics.

 

Important Agricultural Products Cultivated in Kilis (2018)

 

Kilis

 

Turkey

 

Product

Cultivated Land (decares)

Production (tons)

Cultivated Land (decares)

Production (tons)

Wheat

266,736

50,500

6,544,561

1,073,472

Olive

82,037

21,377

12,021,006

3,500,000

Grape

158,254

46,783

3,113,685

2,428,594

Barley

85,802

16,696

24,782,763

6,600,000

Pistachio

64.829

4,304

3,545,003

240,000

Pepper

24,900

62,250

346,248

1,128,060

Red lentil

37,256

3,753

2,430,652

310,000

Corn (slage)

25,334

106,660

4,610,436

23,197,536

Source: TSI, 2019

 

Considering the animal presence of the province as of 2018, there are 9,692 cattle, 116,660 sheep, 93,349 goats and 249,700 chickens. It was observed that the number of enterprises engaged in beekeeping activities increased from 30 to 122 from 2014 to 2018 in the province.

 

The Number of Cattle and Sheep Animals in Kilis (2018)

Animal Species

2015

2016

2017

2018

Cattle

10,287

10,561

8,871

9,692

Sheep

200,730

176,170

114,347

116,660

Goat

121,366

119,496

82,767

93,349

Chicken

302,500

348,000

256,000

249,700

 Source: TSI, 2019



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