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November 20, 2010

EU supports food security in Pakistan


November 20, 2010

The Europe-Aid Director for Asia and Central Asia, Dirk Meganck, vows that European Union will continue its support for combating rising food prices and ensuring food security in Pakistan.
“Pakistan is a great country, a great nation with a great potential and a large population but it is also a country affected by big problems, big calamities while the greatest calamity has been the recent floods,” Dirk Meganck said.
Addressing a large gathering of small-scale farmers belonging to Farmer Interest Groups at Village Karsal in district Chakwal, he said, the ones who have suffered the highest in this country are those living in the rural areas amounting 60 to 70 per cent of the population and the people living in these rural areas contribute greatly to the economy.
Earlier the delegation was warmly welcomed and presented cultural Turbans and gifts by the farmers, said a press release.
Lauding the role of the implementing partners, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP), Meganck expressed his pleasure to see the funds of 40 million Euros have been utilized properly and help rebuild communities and to provide a sustainable environment.
“Our purpose is to support and help build your communities especially when they are affected by such calamities,” he stated. Later, he distributed large quantities of wheat seed, fertilizer and winter vegetable seeds among the small-scale male and female farmers of village Karsal.
The purpose of these distributions is to ensure that timely Rabi planting takes place in the flood-hit areas of the country where the standing crops over 2.4 million hectares got washed away by the recent disastrous floods.
The Rabi package distribution is a part of the 40 million Euros Food Facility Project which aims at combating the rising food prices in the country.

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