11 January 2013

Egypt: Morsi Wants Farmers Problems Resolved - Minister

President Mohamed Morsi has asked the government to do everything possible to resolve all kinds of problems facing farmers, Agriculture Minister Salah Abdel-Moemen said on Thursday 10/01/2013.

"The president telephoned me yesterday to stress the importance of that matter," he said.

The president called for developing the agriculture sector and ratcheting up government support to the farmers and providing them with all needed high-quality fertilizers and seeds for the winter cultivation season, he said in statements while opening a workshop on a program to improve the nutrition and ensure the food security of Egyptian families through targeting women and young people.

The president also called for implementing his earlier decision to drop debts worth less than 10,000 pounds of stumbling farmers, the minister added.

The Egyptian household food security program is implemented by the Agriculture and Land Reclamation Ministry in cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and its budget of 20 million pounds is funded by the Italian government.

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