ISLAMABAD, (SANA): The European Union (EU) has allocated Euro 50 million for Pakistan and one billion globally to address the emerging issue of food security, adding that more than 60 million people are suffering from food insecurity in Pakistan. This was said by the Ambassador of European Union Jan De Kok, Wolfgang Herbing Country Director World Food Program (WFP), Sectary Ministry of Food Agriculture and Livestock (MINFAL) Zia-ur-Rehman and Secretary Sindh Government Agha Jan Akhtar during the dialogue workshop on food security here in a local hotel.
The head of the delegation and Ambassador EU Jan De Kok in his speech said that the European Union has allocated globally Euro one billion to address the issue of food security amongst the vulnerable segment of population such as children and women.
He said Pakistan has been received the highest grant amongst all the countries as allocated a total of Euro 50 million for improving food security of the rural people on sustainable basis.
The EU ambassador said in Pakistan more than 60 million people mostly residing in rural areas and suffering from food insecurity.
He emphasized to support small farmers on the urgent basis so that could be able to enhance their agriculture production.
Wolfgang Herbing the Country Director World Food Program and Food Security Perspective in Pakistan in his speech said that 40 million out of total allocated 50 million will be spent jointly by FAO and WFP in seventeen districts of four provinces.
He said the project has arranged quality agriculture inputs (seed and fertilizer) in many cases produced locally, farm machinery and implements to the small farmers through tillage pools, and helping in rehabilitation of irrigation system as well as baron land, reduction of post-harvest losses by processing and preservation of perishable food commodities, and capacity building to enhance the labour efficiency and safety would result additional production of 133,000 metric tons of various food items.
The secretary Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock Zia-ur-Rehman said livestock and poultry is cash in hand for the small farmers. The rural poultry is an excellent means for ensuring proper nutrition of rural poor.
He said the livestock provide milk and meat for direct and indirect human consumption, hides for leather, bone meal for fertilizer and feed and drug for manner and fuel.
Secretary of Sindh Government Agriculture Department Agha Jan Akhtar lauded the EU commitment to support the Government of Pakistan in its efforts to combat soaring food prices and mitigating food insecurity. He hoped that FOQ, WFP and NGO’s would implement the project in the most efficient and effective way to achieve the desired objective of improved food security of the vulnerable population of the country.