A third of ministry's priority projects for this year already implemented — Hneifat

1. Agriculture Projects
Farmers work in a field in this undated photo: (File photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN — Minister of Agriculture Khaled Hneifat told Jordan News that the national plan for sustainable agriculture for 2022–2025 stipulates the implementation of six priority projects, covering over 73 initiatives, at a total cost of JD389 million.اضافة اعلان

Of these, 61 initiatives are slated to be implemented by the ministry in 2022, in cooperation with agricultural institutions, at a total cost of up to JD76 million.

Hneifat said that a central committee was formed in February to come up with a mechanism to follow up on the implementation of the projects.

It also reviewed and updated the implementation procedures in line with the funding requirements of donors, said the minister, adding that 49 projects were launched during the first quarter of this year in the plant, animal wealth, agricultural extension, and rural development sectors.

Hneifat said that 32.68 percent of the ministry's priority projects for the current year were achieved in the first quarter of this year, a 7.68 percent increase over the expectations for the first quarter.

He added that leasing Treasury lands, as well as developing quality agricultural projects in the Sarhan and Al-Hammad basins with the aim of promoting water rationing, is also part of the plan.

“Among the achievements is launching the development of partnerships with the private sector to invest in agricultural stations and agro-industrial complexes that manufacture tomato paste, dried fruits and vegetables, and frozen vegetables, which offer three investment opportunities,” said Hneifat.

Ministry of Agriculture Spokesperson Lawrence Al-Majali told Jordan News that a veterinary quarantine unit will be opened in Mafraq Governorate, the poultry feed market will be liberalized by approving a number of agricultural policies, and six stations will offer training in modern agricultural technology such as hydroponic and aquaponics cultivation systems. At the same time, the 150km Desert Road forestation program will be launched, and bids for water harvesting pits will be awarded.

Majali stressed that the agricultural loan program was launched to raise the efficiency of the agricultural and rural sectors, support women-empowering projects, provide loans for youth projects in the countryside, use modern agricultural technology, develop fish farming, reclaim land, dig wells, and establish a seed bank to preserve plant origins.

The purpose of this plan, he said, is to create a real infrastructure for the agricultural sector, increase production and investment, and build partnership with the private sector.

Head of Traders and Producers of Agricultural Materials Syndicate Mohammad Bibars told Jordan News that a plan to develop the agricultural sector is necessary, but that at present, partnership with the private sector to ensure sustainable agriculture is merely a slogan and not a reality.

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