The Turkish Minister of Agriculture Mehmet Mehdi Eker is on a visit to Estonia today. Mr. Eker will meet the Minister of Agriculture Helir-Valdor Seeder and receive the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana from President Toomas Hendrik Ilves.
According to Minister Seeder, cooperation between Estonia and Turkey has tightened especially in recent years and its remarkable accomplishment is a cooperation agreement for exporting Estonian breeding animals to Turkey. "It is a great recognition to Estonian animal breeding, because Turkish interest towards our animals is several times bigger than what we can satisfy," mentioned Seeder. "There are only a few countries in the European Union, who can sell their animals to Turkey."
At today’s meeting, the ministers are discussing further cooperation, because Turkey is very interested in engaging Estonian specialists and their knowledge to the reform of their agriculture. "We have already started with the first project on the topic and Estonian experts have already carried out their first trainings in Turkey," said Seeder.
The Minister of Agriculture of Turkey shall also participate today at 1 pm at a reception at the Estonian Bank, where the President of the Republic of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves will present national decorations. Mr. Eker shall receive the 3rd class Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana.