Jordan exports seeds to 65 countries — minister

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AMMAN — Minister of Agriculture, Khaled Hneifat, on Thursday said a total of 36 firms operate in the local seed industry and they export their products to about 65 countries across the world.اضافة اعلان

In 2011, he added, only six companies operated in the seed industry in 2011, adding that their production volume did not exceed 11 tonnes.

The ministry, he said, is making continued efforts to provide an "appropriate" environment for local seed production companies, and overcome related obstacles.

Launching a "Field Day" event, in the presence of Arab and foreign agents, Hneifat inaugurated laboratories of Amman-Based Universal Seed Company, affirming the ministry's role to support and develop this sector, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

He noted the sector's entrepreneurs were given opportunities to develop new varieties with "high" productivity, adding that some types tolerate various plant diseases, while other varieties are suitable for diverse agricultural environments.

Experimental research The Kingdom, he noted, hosts nine experimental research and development offices for international companies, based on Jordanian expertise that proved its efficiency.

Hneifat added that the ministry plays a major role in organizing seed production processes, registration, and quality control and regulates related trade and marketing operations, trading activities and provides an umbrella of laws, regulations, and instructions to protect "innovative" varieties and grant intellectual property.

The ministry, in cooperation with the private sector, rehabilitated the laboratory of the Seed Technology Unit at the National Agricultural Research Center, and trained workers on seed tests, in preparation for Jordan's accreditation as a member of the International Seed Testing Association, he pointed out.

Hneifat said food security is an essential pillar of societal security, and therefore the farmer's work is a sacred duty that deserves sacrifice and appreciation.

Touring the experimental site and the production exhibition, he listened to the attendee's interventions, who appreciated the ministry's efforts in sponsoring and supporting the seed sector.

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