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Kuwaiti farmers encouraged to grow onions, other vegetables

KUWAIT CITY, May 19: Minister of Information and State Minister for Youth Affairs Mohammad Al-Jabri affirmed that the state will provide Kuwaiti farmers with incentives to grow onions and other varieties of vegetables.

He stressed that the Kuwait Union of Farmers has arranged electronic ordering services for the cooperative societies via its website due to which the orders come directly.

The minister said this during his tour of the stores of Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR) and the headquarters of the farmers union in Ardiya area. He was accompanied by the chairperson and members of the Kuwait Union of Farmers.

The tour was aimed at inspecting the local produce and the strategic stock in the PAAAFR stores. In his statement, Al-Jabri reassured all citizens and residents about the level of food security in Kuwait, given the availability of local agricultural products to achieve food security in the country with full local support.

The minister explained that the logistical site in Ardiya area allocated to the union is fully equipped and will be open round the clock. There are 4,000 spare cartons of each type. The union produces crops of high quality and with excellent production. The produce will be delivered to more than 28 cooperative societies.

He reassured the cooperative societies about the availability of all needed goods at all sales outlets Al-Jabri indicated there was no delay in the disbursement of fresh produce until the first few days of the total lockdown, praising the government agencies for facilitating procedures to solve the matter.

The minister affirmed that the agricultural stock in Kuwait is sufficient and there is no need for concern, particularly due to the tremendous efforts exerted by the union in this regard and the support given by the state to facilitate matters including the allocation of a site and provision of subsidies to farmers.

He said, “The cooperative societies can request their needs for local agricultural products through the website and directly link these stores to the cooperative societies. The onion crisis happened due to the lack of support in the past to motivate Kuwaiti farmers to cultivate onions despite its import and availability in large quantities. However, there is no need to worry anymore”.

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