July 10, 2008

Senegal Committed to Achieving “Food Security”: Official

Senegal committed to achieving "food security": official DAKAR, July 9 (Xinhua) -- The Senegalese government has said it attaches great importance to the realization of "food security" in the country, especially in the wake of the ongoing global food crunch, Daouda Fall, a senior agriculture ministry official, said.

Fall, who is the special adviser to the Senegalese Agriculture Minister Amath Sall, made the remarks Tuesday during an exclusive interview with Xinhua.

Speaking on behalf of the agriculture minister, Fall said that "a country would not be considered as independent without being able to properly feed its population and ensure its food security. "

In order to achieve "food sovereignty," Fall said that Senegal would work to raise agricultural productivity through the use of high technology, cultivation of good seed varieties and the introduction of modern machinery.

"We are required to make efforts with regard to the sustainable management of our water and soil resources and also conduct training for farmers across the country," said the Senegalese agriculturalist.

Regarding the initiative dubbed the "Great Agriculture Offensive for Food and Abundance (GOANA)," launched by President Abdoulaye Wade last April as part of larger efforts to fight hunger, the special adviser said that "the success of this campaign will largely depend on the management of available technologies."

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