Tuesday, July 04, 2017

FAO to Help Iran in Revival of World's Largest Lake

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations voiced readiness to participate in Orumiyeh Lake Restoration Program.

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva in a meeting with Mahmoud Iran's Agricultural Jihad Minister Mahmoud Hojjati in Rome reiterated that his organization will do it best to help Iran revive Lake Orumiyeh.

Graziano da Silva pointed to his organization’s partnership in collaborative restoration program of Lake Orumiyeh and expressed hope that positive outcomes will be received.

FAO director-general also urged Iran to assist regional countries in various technical and research fields of agriculture, in particular in the fight against diseases and pests of palm dates.

Hojjati, for his part, pointed to the 600 percent rise in number and volume of credits of joint projects between Iran and FAO over last four years, and said, "Iran has made outstanding achievements in the agriculture sector as ratio of self-sufficiency has risen while trade deficit of the sector fell from minus $8 million in 2013 to minus $3 million in 2016."

Iran’s agriculture minister also recalled that 19 joint projects are being implemented with FAO in various sectors, including fisheries, oilseeds, forest, technology as well as veterinary.

Hojjati is in Rome to attend the 40th Session of FAO Conference. The 40th Session of the FAO Conference will be held on 3-8 July, 2017. The Conference is the organization's highest governing body and sessions are held every two years.

The purpose of the Conference is to convene the Member Nations at FAO headquarters to review and vote on the Director General's proposed program of work and budget. Conference is also an important opportunity for dialogue on food and agriculture issues.

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