Jordan’s self-sufficiency exceeds 61% — agriculture minister

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AMMAN Minister of Agriculture Khaled Hneifat said, Sunday, that Jordan’s rate of self-sufficiency in agriculture has exceeded 61 percent. The sector, he added, currently contributes 20 percent to the national economy, standing at 6 percent of the gross domestic product.اضافة اعلان

According to Ammon News, Hneifat clarified that the self-sufficiency includes rates of 30 percent for red meat, 30 percent for poultry, 100 percent for cow milk, 140 percent for most fruits, 80 percent for vegetables, and full self-sufficiency for table eggs.

He also stressed the importance of the agriculture industry, and allowing it to prosper through the Kingdom.

Higher Council for Food Security
Hneifat said that the government has begun implementing the Higher Council for Food Security, in the hopes that this united effort can further strengthen Jordans position in regards to agricultural self-sufficiency.

The council aims to minimize Jordan's vulnerability to international food crises and climate change, which affects the national food security system.

The council’s responsibilities include reviewing and approving policies, strategies, legislations, and budgets related to food security presented by relevant entities and submitting them to the Cabinet for approval. It also works on coordinating and aligning the work of institutions involved in food security to achieve maximum efficiency and effectiveness, avoid conflicts and duplications.

Additionally, the council provides the necessary requirements, technical support, and logistics to develop and expedite the achievement of food security.

The Higher Council for Food Security consists of the prime minister as the president, the minister of agriculture as the vice president, and other members including the ministers of planning and international cooperation, industry, trade and supply, health, and the general director of JFDA. Other ministers, officials, and sector representatives will also serve as members.

Jordan has launched the first national food security strategy for 2021–2030, along with its action plan for the years 2022-2024, Hneifat said.

Additionally, efforts have been made to transform food systems into more efficient and sustainable systems, launch the national plan for sustainable agriculture for 2022–2025, and provide government funding of JD110 million for food security projects.

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