Kuwait briefs FAO regional conf. on its food security initiatives

ROME, May 10 (KUNA) — Kuwait delegation to the FAO Regional Conference for the Near East (NERC-33) on Tuesday put the conferees in the picture of their country’s efforts to ensure food security through good management of the natural and human resources.
Led by Board Chairman and Director General of the Public Authority of Agriculture Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAF) Faisal Al-Hasawi, the delegation includes the country’s permanent delegate to FAO Yusuf Mejhel and alternate delegate Sheikha Manar Al-Sabah.
In his speech to a high-level meeting chaired by FAO Assistant Director-General Abdessalam Ould Ahmed, Mejhel welcomed the current Chair of NERC, the Lebanese Minister of Agriculture Akram Chouhaib.
He said the agricultural sector in Kuwait, as in many other countries in the region, faces the challenges of arid climate, desert land and water scarcity.
The State of Kuwait has introduced the latest agricultural technologies to overcome these challenges, tame nature and increase the flora and fauna productivity, he said, noting that the domestic dairy products and meat cover 30 percent of the country’s needs at present.
Over the last decades, PAAFR was able to import the best species of cattle and sheep, and ensure their good health and the safety of their meat products for consumption, Mejhel pointed out.
He highlighted the importance of cooperation between Kuwait on one hand, and the specialized agencies such as FAO, the World Organization for Animal Health and the World Health Organization, on the other hand, in preventing any outbreak of communicable diseases.
Regarding the development of fish resources, he said PAAFR backs up the FAO Blue Growth initiative aiming to unlock the potentials of the fisheries sector. (more) mn.gb

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