Khartoum, Jan. 10 (SUNA) - The Director-General of the Arab Organization for Agricultural Development (AOAD) Prof. Ibrahim Al-Dekhairi has stressed Sudan's ability to bridge the food gap of Arab countries through its tremendous capabilities of the natural resources including abundant fresh water, well-trained Sudanese workers and the vast arable lands of more than 200 million feddans.
On the sidelines of the opening session of the workshop on the Sudan Initiative for Arab Food Security, organized by the Federal Ministry of Finance in coordination with the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development at Al-Salam Rotana Hotel Wednesday, Prof. Al-Dekhairi said: "A workshop is a part of the implementation mechanism besides the agreed upon vision, which aims at Sudan contribution to bridge the Arab food gap estimated at 35 billion dollars. He referred to the initiative presented by President of the Republic Field Marshall Omer al-Bashir at the Arab Summit held in Riyadh in 2013 and adopted by the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development for its convince with the initiative's usefulness in contribution to the achievement of Arab food security, pointing out that the Fund also provided aid at the amount of about one million pounds to cover its costs.
Prof. Al-Dekhairi added that the fund signed a contract with a German consulting firm to prepare and implement a study on the initiative
He revealed that the study was divided into four tasks: The first task is to determine the size of the current food gap in the Arab countries for the major crops such as wheat, sugar, edible oil, meat and dairy products, as well as identification of the capabilities of Sudan including water, land and others, besides designing a model targeting the best use of water resources, agricultural land and labor force available in Sudan. The fourth task, the AOAD Director-General continued, included preparation of a comprehensive plan and timetable for the development of the agricultural sector in Sudan basing on the projects to be identified by experts and specialists.