Farmers Meet Agricultural Science at GTU

May 14, 2024-GTU Office of Press and Public Relations


Farmers have found the opportunity to listen to the most up-to-date information in the field of agriculture from scholars and learn about new scientific and technological approaches in agriculture at the World Farmers' Day event held at GTU on May 14, 2024.

Gebze Technical University (GTU) continues to be a solution partner in every sector our country needs with its quality education and modern research capabilities. In this context, on the occasion of World Farmers' Day on May 14, producers registered with the Gebze Chamber of Agriculture were hosted at the GTU's Institute of Biotechnology. Supported by Prof. Dr. Mustafa Türkmen from the Institute of Transportation Technologies and the Director of the Career Development Center, and Ayhan Pekşen, President of the Gebze Chamber of Agriculture, the event was attended by approximately 30 farmers producing in different neighborhoods of Gebze.

The event, which was held with the support of GTU Institute of Biotechnology's Deputy Director and Assistant Professor Ümit Barış Kutman, welcomed producers at the Glass Ar-Ge Greenhouse of the Institute of Botechnology. Throughout the program lasting about three hours, while listening to the problems of the producers, Kutman and other faculty members and graduate students conducting research in the Plant Biotechnology Group emphasized the importance of sustainable agriculture and a scientific approach to agriculture.

The tour, which began with a greenhouse visit and introduction, continued with tours of greenhouse laboratories and the GTU-Plant Factory Vertical Agriculture Research and Development Facility. The contributions that greenhouse farming, soilless farming, and vertical farming can provide to all stakeholders in the agriculture-food chain were evaluated. Subsequently, in the discussion continued at the GTU's Institute of Biotechnology topics such as conscious fertilization, conscious agricultural control, and the importance of mineral analysis in soil and leaves were discussed. Information was shared about the training and consultancy services that Gebze Technical University can provide to producers in the region. The program, which also addressed what could be done to increase interaction between the university and producers in a socially beneficial manner, concluded with a group photo.