Khartoum, Aug. 9 (SUNA) - Chinese Ambassador Ma Xinmin has said that China places great emphasis on global food security. He revealed that Sudan has benefited from Sino-Sudanese cooperation in the agricultural sector, pointing out to the Sudan huge potentials including the vast fertile arable lands amounted to 74 million hectares and fresh water resources repesented in the Blue and White rivers. At the Chinese Tea Salon that the embassy organized for Sudanese journalists on Tuesday, the Chinese ambassador indicated that Sudan was able, through agricultural cooperation with China, to plant 13,333 hectares of cotton, of 5,000 families benefited and enabled the local population to obtain 30,000 jobs, explaining that China considers this successful project as a model for future efforts that Sudan could make cooperation in agriculture more successful. Xinmin pointed out that China would continue to implement projects for the benefit of Sudan in development, enhance cooperation in building food infrastructure, steadily advance well-drilling projects and build animal resources station. He added that he would encourage more Chinese companies to invest in Sudan to strengthen global food security governance. He explained that China had put forward the international cooperation initiative in the field of food security to contribute to the Chinese solution to the current global food challenge, adding that the initiative includes several proposals, the most important of which is the need to support the central role of the United Nations in coordinating and supporting the work of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, the International Fund for Agricultural Development and the World Food Program. He stressed that there was no need to impose restrictions on human food exports and to facilitate the entry of agricultural products and inputs from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus to the international market. The Chinese ambassador pointed out that despite the challenges of the Covid-19 epidemic and floods, China has implemented a series of cooperative projects in Sudan, and the cultural exchange between China and Sudan has been continuously enriched, which deepens the people's friendship between the two countries. BH/BH


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