Peace improves farming in Northern Kurdistan
As the peace talks and solutions phase has started in Turkey on the Kurdish issue, which entailed a democratization process and releasing various bans by the Turkish government on its Kurdish people, the Turkish Army has also released bans on using the mountainous areas of Northern Kurdistan.
This initiative has positively affected the live- stock farming sector in the region. According to the Turkish Yuksekova Haber website, immediately following the decision by the Army, the villagers of Hakkari area have returned back to the mountains and started to do their livestock farming after a long time of halt due to bans on these areas.
The ban was imposed in the 1990s, when there were more than 2.5 million livestock in these areas. This number was dropped down to less than 400 thousand livestock before the ban was released.
The new upward trend in livestock farming in the area is quite rapid to an extent that the current number of animals in the Hakkari area is above 750 thousand.