National Food Security Strategy began to pay off in 2022 last QTR-Officials

Agriculture Minister Khaled Hneifat
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AMMAN— Minister of Agriculture, Khaled Hneifat, said the government was "serious" in launching National Food Security Strategy to support farmers' resilience in facing climate changes and enhancing Jordan's food security, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.


In a statement to "Petra," he said the government provided support to all agricultural sector's activities aimed to enhance food security, referring to measures taken in this regard to launch water harvesting enterprises across the country and subsidize loan interests for projects using modern agri-technology.


The gov't assistance also extended to develop online agriculture guidance, support new ad hoc cooperatives to create the sector's "quantum" leap and launch agricultural vocational training system to provide skilled labor, Hneifat added.


Additionally, he noted support was directed to the agricultural sector in all its activities, adding that the government funded the Higher Council for Food Security directly from the Treasury and allocated in the 2023 budget about JD500,000 for this purpose.


Local investments have operated two factories using local production inputs, whether in the Jordan Valley or the remaining governorates for a 5-year period free of charge, provided that their Jordanian workforce at 75%, he noted.


For his part, Chairman of Jordan Industrial Estates Company (JIEC), Loay Sehwail, said the company signed an agreement with Ministry of Agriculture to provide engineering services to establish an agricultural industrial complex in the southern Jordan Valley, aimed to attract the private sector to invest in the agricultural industry.


He noted the project also seeks to increase the added value of agricultural products and create job opportunities for local community.


Meanwhile, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Representative in Jordan, Nabil Assaf, said the strategy aims to protect Jordan's population from food insecurity, while ensuring "continuous access to safe, stable and affordable food supplies."


Jordan ranks 7th in the Arab world and 49th globally on Global Food Security Index (GFSI), Jordan Strategies Forum (JSF) announced.اضافة اعلان

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