Benabderrahmane evokes the challenge of food security in Algeria

The Prime Minister, Aïmene Benabderrahmane, supervised this Thursday, August 11, the inauguration ceremony of the National Seed Bank at the level of the National Center for Control and Certification of Seeds and Seedlings (CNCC) in El Harrach (Algiers).

Accompanied by members of the Government and the Secretary General of the National Union of Algerian Peasants (UNPA), the Prime Minister visited the stands of the exhibition organized on the sidelines of the inauguration of the National Seed Bank.

In his speech, Minister Aïmene Benabderrahmane welcomed “this great scientific achievement”, indicating that “it proves that our country is moving forward with promising steps towards strengthening food security”.

Moreover, the Prime Minister affirmed that “Algeria is capable of taking up the challenges and winning the bets concerning the supreme interest of the country”. In particular, he continues, “on the fringes of the current international and geostrategic context”.

Agriculture: Algeria wants to cover 80% of its needs in 2023

On the sidelines of his visit, Minister Aïmene Benabderrahmane also mentioned “the new strategy of the agricultural sector which is based on increasing the production of cereals, legumes and milk”. And this, in order to achieve food security in the country.

In addition, the Prime Minister insisted on “the need for all actors involved in this area to intensify their efforts to bring the coverage of national needs to 80% in 2023”.

Minister Aïmene Benabderrahmane also indicated that “to achieve this objective in terms of agricultural production, the State is relying mainly on scientific research centers and institutes and university laboratories”.

In this same context, the Prime Minister did not fail to recall the fact that “Algeria was the cereal reserve of Europe”. Noting that “nothing prevents it from increasing its production to levels allowing it to achieve food security which constitutes one of the foundations of national sovereignty”.

Towards the end of the importation of vegetable seeds

Walking through the stands of the exhibition organized on the sidelines of the inauguration ceremony of the National Seed Bank, the Prime Minister announced the stoppage of the import of market garden seeds. And this, from next year.

According to him, “it is important to promote Algerian skills and the efforts of the State in terms of agricultural training, in particular by limiting imports”. In the same vein, he indicated that “the total value of imports from the agricultural sector in Algeria exceeds 11.5 billion USD”.

Thus, Minister Aïmene Benabderrahmane explained that “this decision does not come about because of a lack of financial resources, but because of the need to put an end to the consumption of Algerian energies”. Particularly if one takes into account “the large number of students in various agricultural specialties that institutes and universities train”.

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