ALGERIA ADAPTS AGRICULTURAL POLICY TO CLIMATE CHANGE

CONSTANTINE, ALGERIA -- Algeria has managed to adapt its agricultural policy to climate change, says Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fishery Abdeslam Chelghoum.

"The development programme of agriculture decided by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has provided for strategies to be adapted to specificities of our regions and climate change," Chelghoum stressed on the occasion of World Food Day here Sunday,

Also in attendance were Minister of Water Resources and Environment Abdelkader Ouali and representatives of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The Minister said orientation, rationalization and awareness-raising efforts were being made to meet the current challenges induced by global climate change, Highlighting the dangers resulting from climate change, he said Algeria was seeking to ensure sustainable food security while adapting to climate change.

"The challenge is great," stressed the minister, who called for mobilizing all available means and capacities to establish an updated agricultural policy which could cope with the dangers induced by climate change.

The legal framework adopted by Algeria to stop the effects of pollution, promotion of the rural environment and rationalization of exploitation of water resources exploitation were among the solutions to improve and perpetuate food security in the country, he stressed.

The agricultural sector contributes 10 per cent to the country's gross domestic product (GDP), said Chelghoum, who added that the value of agricultural production in the country exceeded 30 billion US dollars per year, with an annual growth rate of 7.0 per cent.

Source: Nam News Network