Khartoum, Nov. 19 (SUNA) - The Fifth Conference on Oil Seeds and Legumes started Saturday at Corinthia Hotel in Khartoum, in the presence of representatives of the Ministry of Trade and Supply and Agriculture and Forestry and the ambassadors of the Sultanate of Oman and India in Sudan, and with the participation of a large number of local and foreign companies and all the concerned authorities.

Addressing the opening sitting of the conference, the representative of the National Chamber of Exporters, Isam Fadalla, said that the conference presents a number of scientific papers on oil seeds from different regions of Sudan, especially sesame, groundnut and sunflower, in addition to legumes.

He indicated that Sudan obtains abundant production of oil seeds, and that the world consider it as the most important source of under the food crisis in the world, noting that the conference provides information on production and competing countries in the field of oil seeds to help decision-makers in the good management for the benefit of Sudan.

The Secretary General of the Sudanese Businessmen Union, Dr. Amin Abbas, explained that holding of the conference will contribute to the progress of the oil seed exports, pointing out that Sudan is one of the top oil seeds’ exporting countries in Africa, and said that gatherings and conferences are an opportunity to exchange information and increase marketing process to advance the country’s exports in light of the global challenges facing the oil seeds production.

He stressed the importance of cooperation between the  exporters and the producers to cover the great shortage of oil seeds and edible oils.

The conference has honored a number of personalities including researchers, producers, exporters, farmers and companies for their contribution for their role in the development of oil seeds in the country.

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