World Food Day was marked yesterday in Halhale National Institute of Agricultural Research at national level under the theme “Family Farming: Feeding the World Caring the Earth.”
Dubarwa, 17 October 2014 – World Food Day was marked yesterday in Halhale National Institute of Agricultural Research at national level under the theme “Family Farming: Feeding the World Caring the Earth.”
During the occasion that was attended by Senior Government and PFDJ officials, Ambassadors, Diplomats, Heads and representative of the UN, as well as representatives of farmers and invited guests, briefings were given as regards the role and contribution of family farming towards food supply vis-à-vis action plans mapped out to develop and motivate the scheme.
In a speech he delivered on the occasion, Mr. Arefaine Berhe, Minister of Agriculture, said that thanks to this year’s evenly distributed rainfall Eritrea is expecting bumper harvest. He also pointed out that achieving good harvest during good rains is not the way out, as Eritrea is located in the drought-prone area of Africa. In this connection, he stressed the need to exert more endeavors as regards soil and water conservation programs, establishing enclosures and construction of check-dams, as well as terraces.
Likewise, in a message he conveyed, the UN Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki Moon, that was presented by Ms. Christine Umutoni, Resident UN Representative here, stressed the need to put in place the necessary groundwork with a view to combating hunger on the basis of developing family farming.