Turkey and capital Ankara are located in the northern half of the hemisphere, in an area where the Asian, European and African continents come very close to each other, and surrounded from west to east by Greece, Bulgaria, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan (Nakhichevan), Iran, Iraq, and Syria. Turkey has been separated into seven large geographical regions by taking into consideration factors such as climate, natural plant distribution and types of agriculture: the Mediterranean, Aegean, Black Sea, Marmara, Central Anatolia, Eastern Anatolia, and Southeastern Anatolia Regions. The actual surface area of Turkey inclusive of its lakes and rivers is 814,578 square kilometers and has a land area in both Europe (3%) and Asia (97%). The coastlines of the country are surrounded by the Black Sea, the Aegean Sea, The Marmara Sea and the Mediterranean. The climate is characterized by variations of temperature and rainfall, depending on topography. Dry and hot summers, cold and rainy winters are the typical climatic conditions of Turkey.

Turkey Population 2020

85,271,363 Current population
42,524,325 Current male population (49.9%)
42,747,037 Current female population (50.1%)

 

Animal population 
Terrestrial animals, Turkey, 2018

 Species  Admin unit  Population  Units  Number of establishments  Units
Adult beef cattle The Whole Country 684314 Animals Establishments
Adult dairy cattle The Whole Country 7307094 Animals Establishments
Adult goats The Whole Country 8519493 Animals Establishments
Adult sheep The Whole Country 28507927 Animals Establishments
Backyard poultry The Whole Country 5656363 Animals Establishments
Bees The Whole Country 8108424 Animals 81830 Establishments
Broilers The Whole Country 229506689 Animals 7973 Establishments
Buffaloes The Whole Country 178397 Animals Establishments
Calves The Whole Country 4305411 Animals Establishments
Camelidae The Whole Country 1708 Animals Establishments
Cats The Whole Country 104595 Animals Establishments
Dogs The Whole Country 592705 Animals Establishments
Domestic horses The Whole Country 108076 Animals Establishments
Donkeys/ Mules/ Hinnies The Whole Country 164790 Animals Establishments
Kids The Whole Country 2402934 Animals Establishments
Lambs The Whole Country 6687045 Animals Establishments
Layers The Whole Country 124054810 Animals 2153 Establishments
Male and female cattle The Whole Country 4745687 Animals Establishments
Swine The Whole Country 1636 Animals 3 Establishments
Turkeys The Whole Country 4043332 Animals Establishments

Aquatic animals, Turkey, 2018

 Species  Admin unit  Population  Units  Number of establishments  Units
Crustaceans The Whole Country 3898.00 Tonnes Establishments
Fish The Whole Country 275970.00 Tonnes Establishments
Molluscs The Whole Country 1156.00 Tonnes Establishments
Wild crustaceans The Whole Country 5418.00 Tonnes Establishments
Wild fish The Whole Country 298277.00 Tonnes Establishments
Wild molluscs

 

The Whole Country

 

46241.00

 

Tonnes

 

 

 

Establishments

 

Agriculture
The agricultural sector has been Turkey’s largest employer and a major contributor to the country’s GDP, exports and rural development. Although concerning the industrial and service sectors, the share of agriculture has been declining, it nonetheless continues to play a fundamental role in Turkish society, employing about a quarter of the workforce and generating most of the income and employment in rural areas.

Livestock
Animal husbandry is an important part of Turkey’s agricultural sector and economy. Livestock products, including meat, milk, eggs, wool, and hides, contributed more than 33 percent of the value of agricultural output in the mid-1990s. Sheep and cattle are kept mainly on the grazing lands of Anatolia.

Climate
Turkey has four seasons, but the climate varies widely across the country. Turkey experiences both maritime and continental weather patterns which, combined with its highly varied topography, cause extreme geo-climatic diversity. The Black Sea region in the north receives rain throughout the year and has both mild summers and mild winters. The southern coastal Mediterranean region is regarded as subtropical, characterized by hot, dry summers and mild, rainy winters. The Aegean region (Western Anatolia) has mountains that run roughly east to west (i.e. perpendicular to the coast) and which are interspersed with grassy floodplains. This region also has a Mediterranean type of climate with hot, dry summers and mild winters. Central Anatolia is a vast high plateau with an average altitude of 1 132 meters above sea level and a semi-arid continental climate with hot and dry summers and cold winters.

The average annual temperature is 18–20 °C on the south coast, falling to 14–15 °C on the west coast, and fluctuates between 4 and 19 °C in the interior regions, depending on the distance from the sea and the altitude.

The average annual rainfall in Turkey is about 643 mm, with significant spatial and temporal fluctuations. Rainfall is scarce during the growing season in normal years in most parts of Turkey. Overall, the western and southern coastal regions receive 800–1 000 mm of rainfall per year. The northern coastal zone (the Black Sea region) receives the highest annual rainfall (1 260–2 500 mm). Central Anatolia receives the lowest rainfall (200 600 mm) which, combined with high temperatures and high evaporation rates, causes drought during the summer months. Evaporation and/or evapotranspiration rates are high particularly in the southeast region, which receives almost no rainfall during the summer, and can reach more than 2 000 mm/year.

The southeast region records very low humidity levels, while the coastal regions have quite high levels, in line with precipitation rates.

Snow can be seen almost everywhere in Turkey, but the number of snowy days and the period covered by snow differ from region to region. There is one or less snowy day in the Mediterranean and Aegean regions, whereas in parts of eastern Anatolia there can be up to 120 days of snow. On the high mountains, snow cover can be seen throughout the year, which melts slowly.

 

Turkey Delegate

Dr Nihat Pakdil
Deputy Undersecretary of Ministry
Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock
Gida, Tarim ve Hayvancilik Bakanligi
Eskisehir Yolu 9. km Lodumlu / ANKARA
TURKEY