Regional countries support Jordan hosting food security center

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AMMAN — The agriculture ministers of Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, and Syria on Monday backed Jordan’s bid to host a regional Food Security Observatory to draw up policies and offer urgent solutions to various food security issues, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.اضافة اعلان

In a final statement, the four-way meeting supported a World Food Program proposal to carry out a study on setting up the regional center for food security in Jordan to enhance services and raise the capacity to respond to crises in the region.

Minister of Agriculture Khaled Al-Hneifat told a press conference that the meeting was also unanimous on raising the level of food security, and enhancing integration among the regional states. He said this comes amid global changes and predictions of increased demand on food and rising prices as food-producing and importing countries move to increase their strategic stocks.

The minister also stressed the participating countries’ resolve to enhance trade exchange, facilitate the flow of agricultural commodities between them, and lay down a solid framework for developing technical cooperation in the plant and animal sectors, agricultural extension, exchange of expertise, and building capacities in the sector.

The ministers welcomed proposals to set up partnerships for marketing produce, support the Jordanian-Palestinian Company for Marketing Agricultural Products, develop contracts, move to non-traditional crops, and cooperate to draw up an agricultural calendar on production quantities and dates to serve agricultural integration between the four countries.

They agreed to facilitate trade, develop infrastructure, encourage investment and create an environment to raise production and food industry efficiency, and coordinate closely to address the challenges of climate change, scarce water resources and epidemics.

The ministers agreed to unify procedures for registering fertilizers, pesticides, medicines, veterinary vaccines, improved seeds, and plant and animal production inputs.

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