National food security strategy paying off — officials

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AMMAN — Minister of Agriculture Khaled Hneifat has said the government was “serious” in launching the National Food Security Strategy to boost farmers’ resilience in the face of climate changes and to enhance Jordan’s food security, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

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Hneifat said the government lent support to all agricultural sector activities aimed to enhance food security, like launching water harvesting enterprises across the country and subsidizing loan interests for projects using modern agri-technology.


The government also extended assistance to develop online agriculture guidance, support new ad-hoc cooperatives to help the sector advance, and to launch vocational training to provide skilled labor to the sector, Hneifat added.


Moreover, the government funded the Higher Council for Food Security, directly from the Treasury, allocating about JD500,000 out of the 2023 general budget draft law.


Local investors may operate two factories using local production input, in the Jordan Valley and elsewhere, free of charge for a five-year period provided that their workforce is 75 percent Jordanian, he said.


Chairman of Jordan Industrial Estates Company Loay Sehwail said the company signed an agreement with the Ministry of Agriculture to provide engineering services to establish an agricultural industrial complex in the southern Jordan Valley, aimed at encouraging the private sector to invest in the agricultural industry.


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



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