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Hneifat inaugurates summer agricultural products festival

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AMMAN -Deputizing for Prime Minister Bisher Khasawneh, Minister of Agriculture, Khaled Hneifat, on Thursday inaugurated the cooperative summer agricultural products festival in Amman's Al Hussein Public Parks, in the presence of a number of ministers, ambassadors, and international organizations representatives.اضافة اعلان

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Hneifat said the festival aims to market local food products and industries and enhance Jordan's food security, within a series of permanently-held and seasonal festivals and exhibitions, organized by Ministry of Agriculture, according to a timetable that aims to market agricultural products and crops.

Referring to joint efforts made by Ministry of Agriculture and Jordan Cooperative Corporation (JCC), he said this partnership enabled 100 associations to participate in the festival to display seasonal crops, food industries and various handicrafts.

This process benefits rural communities and productive families, and help create direct and indirect job opportunities within the production, manufacturing, packaging and marketing stages, he noted.

The ministry directed a large part of its lending plan in 2021-2022 to support food manufacturing projects and pioneering programs that support youth and empower women, which helped associations and households in the Kingdom's governorates and camps, he said.

Pointing to mechanisms aimed to support sustainability of Jordanian association's work, he said the national plan for sustainable agriculture would help next year in this regard and spread crops production, manufacturing, packaging and storage vision countrywide, affirming the Ministry's support for this policy.

For his part, JCC Director General, Abdel Fattah Shalabi, said the festival offers the Jordanian family an opportunity to buy safe and secure local agricultural products and food industries directly from the producer.

Highlighting importance of the public participation in the festival, he said their presence would have an impact on rural households and support sustainability of their work.

JCC is working to develop the associations' work to fulfill aspirations aimed to achieving food security, developing governorates and creating job opportunities, he noted.

The festival, which will run until next Saturday evening, brought together 100 associations, and more than 300 participants and achieves added value to about 1,000 Jordanian families, a ministry statement said. 

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