Algerian Premier inaugurates National Seed Bank, dubbs it “cornerstone to ensure food security”

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ALGIERS- Prime Minister Aïmene Benabderrahmane chaired, on Thursday, August 11, 2022, the inauguration ceremony of the National Seed Bank, several media reported on Thursday.

Speaking on the sidelines of the inauguration of the National Seed Bank, the Prime Minister underlined the importance of this Bank to ensure the food security of the country.

“The realization of the National Seed Bank is historic for Algeria and a cornerstone to ensure the food security of the country,” he said, calling, in this aspect, all actors to deploy concerted efforts to achieve this goal.

“Within the framework of the new geostrategic conditions, Algeria is in the process of taking promising steps to ensure food security, and therefore “the country should be an important player in world markets, just as before, as “it was ‘the granary of Europe’,” highlighted the Premier.

He further noted that Algeria imports 10 billion dollars worth of our daily food, recalling, in this regard, that the total value of imports of the agricultural sector in Algeria exceeds 11.5 billion USD.

On another level, the Prime Minister indicated that the national plan for the prevention and control of forest fires for the current year 2022 is working “very effectively”.

During a visit to the exhibition pavilions on the sidelines of the inauguration ceremony of the National Seed Bank, the Prime Minister explained that the effectiveness of the device is demonstrated in the significant reduction and control of fires at the national level compared to last year.

In this vein, he recommended that the high level of vigilance be maintained until the end of the cereal harvest campaign, slated for September.

“The Plan will continue to operate effectively and proactively, even beyond the month of September, to protect plant cover and agricultural crops in general, and reassure the farmer at the same time”, added the Prime Minister.

“The device will continue to operate effectively and proactively, even after September, to protect plant fauna and agricultural crops in general, and to particularly ensure the safety of the farmer”, specified the Prime Minister.

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