Agriculture demands the activation of “food industries” and the production of modern mechanization
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The Ministry of Agriculture stressed the necessity of promoting food industries, and working truly to revive this sector, which would support the country’s economy and preserve the nutritional and economic value of the product, pointing out that the agricultural sector can achieve self-sufficiency and secure all products for local markets, especially in the event of activating fertilizer industries. Mechanization, sprinkler and drip irrigation systems, pesticides, vaccines, veterinary treatments, and matters related to pest control.
The government is striving to diversify non-oil revenues and work to revive the “agricultural, industrial and tourism” sectors, which was confirmed yesterday by the Prime Minister, Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani, during the first conference of the five-year national development plan held by the Ministry of Planning in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme, when He pointed out “the launch of initiatives aimed at changing the pattern of the rentier economy, such as the (Riyada) initiative, which helps young people invest their ideas in productive sectors,” indicating that “the tripartite budget included a special item to support the private sector by granting it sovereign guarantees, which will contribute to encouraging the business environment and investment in... Country".
Al-Sudani also stressed “working hard to support the private sector, and completing the formation of its development council, as it represents the primary partner of the government sector,” pointing to “success in achieving economic diversification, providing a fertile investment environment, and strongly introducing the private sector into the development scene.”
Advisor to the Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Mahdi Al-Qaisi, pointed out in an interview with “Al-Sabah” that “the agricultural sector is the main focus or engine of most economic sectors, especially in light of the increasing need for its outputs that can contribute effectively to developing the gross domestic product of national income and achieving security.” food and food safety,” indicating that “food security for countries is achieved through the local product, which is safer and more reassuring than the imported one, in addition to the close connection between food security and achieving
Health and community security.”
Al-Qaisi continued, “The agricultural sector is one of the sectors that most absorbs and employs the workforce, so it is one of the basic foundations for creating social and economic stability. However, this vital sector needs more support, care, and the availability of infrastructure, and this is done through the advancement of the industrial sector as well, as it The farmer constantly needs support industries, such as the fertilizer industry, mechanization, and sprinkler and drip irrigation systems. In addition, he needs continuity in the aspects that preserve the product, including pesticides, vaccines, veterinary treatments, and matters related to pest control.”
Al-Qaisi also pointed out that one of the important points that should be considered continuously is that most of the crops in the agricultural sector are highly perishable, so products, whether plant or animal, need to be preserved from spoilage through the development of agricultural marketing, that is, marketing plant and animal agricultural products. In this context, he stressed the need to revive the food industries, which is a major factor in preserving both agricultural products
Plant and animal.
The advisor indicated that there were existing industries in the country that could be activated in a way that leads to increasing the profitability of the farmer, farmer, or investor in the agricultural sector. In addition, it strengthens the country’s economy and preserves the nutritional and economic value of the product. An example of this is the manufacture of dates and marketing them in a way that is commensurate with their nutritional and economic value. “Stressing the possibility of the private sector playing a leading role in the agricultural industries, especially food industries, as the private sector is very effective because it has accumulated experience in these industries that can meet the needs of the local market and reduce imports significantly.”
Al-Qaisi stressed the need to activate the food industries related to poultry, meat products, grains, the manufacture of pasta, dried fruit products, and jams, in addition to activating the dairy industry and its products.
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