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SEYCHELLES PRESIDENT MEETS WITH FAO DIRECTIOR GENERAL

19.11.2009

 

Following his address at the opening of the FAO World Food Summit in Rome,

President James Michel met with the Director General of the Food and

Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Mr. Jacques Diouf to discuss the Seychelles

past and current food security concerns.

 

President Michel thanked Mr.Diouf for the support and strong partnership of

the FAO in the last few years, particularly providing a tiemly response to

Seychelles during the food crisis.

 

" We are very grateful  to FAO for the rapidity in which they had responded

to our call for support at the height of the global food crisis," said

President Michel.

 

President Michel spoke to Mr. Diouf about the inextricable link between food

security and climate change, and asked him to continue helping Seychelles in

capacity building in agriculture, such as training of farmers in adopting

new farming techniques and technologies to improve productivity .

 

President Michel also made a request for FAO expertise in fisheries as well

as other projects which will be submitted by Seychelles, including support

for the modernization of farming in Seychelles.

 

 "Seeds and fertilizers were delivered within a few months of our request,

and agricultural fund for farmers was set up. The FAO support for our

farmers was invaluable to us," said President Michel.

The FAO allocated some USD 250,000 for the purchase of 50 tonnes of

nitrophoska fertilizers, 25 tonnes of hydroponic grade fertilizers along

with some 450kg of assorted hybrid vegetable seeds. The balance of USD37,000

will be used to source about 100 small electric water pumps. All the items

are being sold to the farming community on a cost-recovery basis with a view

to build funds into an existing agricultural fund.

 

The President noted that the FAO was instrumental in mobilizing resources

for Seychelles following the 2004 tsunami

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