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Politics - (update) Sleiman urges giving agriculture sector needed attention.

NNA - 15/10/2012 Lebanese President Michel Sleiman on Monday urged giving agriculture sector due attention to develop it as to plan in order to have a righteous orientation for capitals.

Sleiman deemed it unacceptable to have 1/8 of the population suffer food shortage, and warned food organization of a serious crisis herein.

The Lebanese President spoke today at the UNESCO during his inauguration of the World Food Conference, organized by the Agriculture Ministry in cooperation with the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization).

The event was held in presence of Deputy Premier Samir Moqbel and Ministers of Agriculture (Hussein Hajj Hassan), Information (Walid Daouk), State (Panos Manjian), the UN Resident Coordinator in Lebanon Dereck Plumbly, and other senior and concerned officials.

The President shed light on the importance of ensuring food security and having states bear responsibility to halt wars and feed the culture of peace.

Sleiman said there has to be a mechanism to implement international resolutions and impel aggressing and occupying states to recoil before the international will.

"This applies on Israel as well for it should cease aggressions against agricultural zones as it should cease uprooting trees and burning orchards to displace farmers," he noted.

"Isn't planting cluster bombs regarded as a masked occupation?" he interrogated.

The President said food security cannot be separated from food safety thus; he called for activating the role of controlling food products during imports and exports.

Sleiman announced that the government had begun implementing the agriculture development strategy since 2010 and was able so far to develop the agricultural infrastructure.

Lebanese President also called for adopting adequate measures to introduce Lebanese products into world markets.

In that respect the President heaped praise on the agriculture Minister's endeavors and hoped the World Food Day would be a new start to halt famine and poverty in the world.

Hajj Hassan also spoke on the occasion and urged working toward achieving this year's World Food Day slogan due to the increase of the high cost of production associated with the cost of energy, working hand, and agricultural inputs.



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Date:Oct 15, 2012
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