Prime Minister Hussein Arnous met today with Abdel Hakim El Waer, Assistant Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Mike Robson, the FAO Resident Representative in Damascus, and the accompanying delegation.
The meeting dealt with ways to enhance cooperation between the Syrian government and the FAO to include broader fields and horizons and build a more effective partnership that achieves a positive impact on the agricultural sector and farmers and contributes to restoring the wheel of agricultural production and moving in cooperation towards building integrated development programs in accordance with the national priorities put forward to improve livelihoods in the targeted countryside and villages and improve The income of rural families directly and the provision of basic needs and resources for agriculture.
Engineer Arnous pointed to the damage caused to the agricultural sector, farmers and livestock breeders as a result of the terrorism that Syria has been exposed to and the government’s efforts to restore this important and vital sector and continue to support it, rehabilitate government irrigation projects and secure the requirements of the agricultural process, which leads to achieving food security and self-sufficiency in many Of the products despite the unjust economic siege imposed on the Syrian people, which has caused many difficulties in the field of securing agricultural requirements such as fertilizers, oil derivatives and others.
For his part, Al-Waer explained the importance of defining programs and priorities that meet the needs of agriculture, with a willingness to work to secure the required resources in cooperation between FAO and the Syrian government to achieve the hoped-for results in improving the agricultural situation, returning families to their lands and investing them again, contributing to the development of agricultural production units and supporting many projects and investment. In agricultural infrastructure as well as enabling farmers to modern agricultural investment based on strengthening sustainable management of land and water to achieve a reduction in production costs and increase productivity.
The meeting was attended by the Minister of Agriculture, Engineer Mohamed Hassan Qatna.
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