SOMALIA: Somali farmers improve domestic food production

 Somali farmers improve domestic food production
Somali farmers improve domestic food production

For a long period of time the food crisis in Somalia has been a major concern in a country that possesses huge fields of rich agricultural land. Now the UN World Food program has decided to start up a plan that aims to empower Somali farmers.

Now for the first time ever, Somali farmers are able sell 2-hunred tons of high quality maize grain to WFP. The amount will be used to supply areas that are deprived of enough food.

Musa is a farmer from Afgooye. He says they have the capacity for massive production but they need support to market their product on an extensive level. Somalia’s Agriculture Minister says the revamping of the agriculture sector is a significant step aimed at reviving an economy strained by two decades of civil war.

The new program can be a major breakthrough for the farmers of a country that was faced with severe famine less than three years ago.

The initiative by the UN World Food Program that plans to buy grains from Somali farmers is meant to show the Somalis that they can be self-reliant and do away with food aids.

Experts say Somalia owns rich agricultural lands that can produce high-quality food and fruits, with oranges such as this one exported from as far as the Persian Gulf countries.

Source: PressTV

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