Agriculture development, food security, nutrition discussed

MUSCAT: The Ministerial Food Security Committee held a meeting under the chairmanship of Dr Ali bin Masoud al Sunaidy, Minister of Commerce and Industry. The Committee reviewed the report issued by the Economist on the Global Indicator of Food Security 2017, where the Sultanate was ranked at advanced levels. It was ranked 28th in the world out of 113 countries that were included in the survey despite the decline of the ranking of the Sultanate from the 26th place in 2016. But, it has maintained second place at the GCC and Arab level after Kuwait.
The Committee viewed the steps of implementing the soybean production project for the Oman Grain Company and the project of vaccines and veterinary medicines, which is in the marketing studies stages.
The Committee was also briefed on the vision presented by the Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources on the implementation and management of the markets by the private sector and the preliminary work of the Central Livestock Market and its Slaughterhouse in the Wilayat of Al Suwaiq, as well as the central market in the Wilayat of Salalah.
The Committee discussed the comprehensive insurance policy for boats, ships, yachts and productive farms. The Central Market Authority (CMA) launched the agricultural insurance policy, in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. It will be applied in three stages, starting with vegetables and ending with date-palm trees and honey bees.
The Committee was briefed on the steps taken by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries regarding the Farmers and Fishermen’s Risk Insurance Fund in exceptional times.
The Committee also took note of the progress made on the negotiation procedures between the Government, Suhar Mills and Suhar Port on the project for the establishment of wheat silos and the complementary projects for other food industries.
Further, the Committee discussed the coordination between the Public Authority for Stores and Food Reserve (PASFR), the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) on the self-sufficiency ratios.
The Committee discussed a detailed paper on the national school feeding programme and the executive steps required to implement the programme. — ONA