Mehmet Mehdi Eker
|Minister of Food, Agriculture and Livestock|
2 June 2005 – 28 August 2015
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan|
|Preceded by||Sami Güçlü|
|Succeeded by||Kutbettin Arzu|
|Member of the Grand National Assembly|
19 November 2002 – 7 June 2015
|Constituency||Diyarbakır (2002, 2007, 2011)|
1 January 1956|
Bismil, Diyarbakır, Turkey
|Political party||Justice and Development Party|
|Alma mater||Ankara University|
Mehmet Mehdi Eker is a Turkish politician who served as the Minister of Food, Agriculture and Livestock of Turkey from 2005 to 2015. He was a Member of Parliament for the electoral district of Diyarbakır from the Justice and Development Party (AKP) between 2002 and 2015.
A veterinarian and agro-economist he had a career as a civil servant in the ministry of agriculture before entering politics at the age of 46.
As minister of Agriculture he has had to deal with issues including:
- The bird flu epidemic of 2005, in which he made a statement that it was safe to eat cooked chicken and then famously refused to do so on television.
- Adjusting food control regulations to comply with EU norms, including recategorising pork and horse meat as suitable for human consumption.