Minister of Agriculture of Kazakhstan Saparkhan Omarov called for closer cooperation and strengthening of regional food security, the press service of the Ministry of Agriculture of Kazakhstan reports.
On 19 May 2020, a meeting of Central Asian Ministers of Agriculture "Food Security and Agricultural Development in the Context of Coronavirus Pandemic COVID-19: Sharing Best Practices and Coordinating Responses" was held by videoconference. The event was organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia together with the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
The meeting was attended by heads of agrarian departments of Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan), FAO Deputy Director General, as well as representatives of the World Bank, Eurasian Development Bank (EDB), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Islamic Development Bank (IDB), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
The conference participants exchanged information on measures taken, actions and plans to overcome the consequences of COVID-19. The dialogue was aimed at promoting food security and agricultural development during the pandemic.
Saparkhan Omarov noted that Central Asian countries have significant agricultural potential. This will allow, with proper development and closer cooperation, to ensure food security in the region and respond in a timely and collective manner to internal and external challenges and threats.
The parties noted that periodic exchange of information in this format in the future will facilitate timely and effective cooperation among Central Asian countries to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on food security and agricultural development, as well as, if necessary, will allow to take prompt decisions on relevant issues.