Date: 30 Nov, 2022
The Arab Authority for Agricultural Investment and Development (AAAID) recently signed a partnership agreement with the Arab Organization for Agricultural Development (AOAD), on Wednesday, 30 November, 2022, which mainly aimed at funding the production of wheat seedlings.
H.E. Mr. Mohammed bin Obaid Al Mazrooei, President of AAAID, and H.E. Prof. Ibrahim Adam El Dukhairi, Director General of AOAD, had both signed the agreement on behalf of the organizations at AAAID’s headquarters in Khartoum, Republic of Sudan.
This agreement comes in support of Sudan’s initiative of planting one million acres of wheat crop for the season 2022-2023, in addition to AAAID’s special-paid attention to develop the segment of small-scale farmers in Arab countries, in which such initiative will contribute to developing wheat seeds and increasing its productivity. AAAID has been running the funding process of small-scale farmers through gathering and linking them to one of AAAID’s companies, the Arab Sudanese Seed Company, in order to provide technical support and offer crop purchase at preferential prices that guarantee the payment of farmers’ debts, and the company’s receiving of high-quality seeds that contributes to increasing productivity in the future.
It is noteworthy that the integrated program that was implemented by AAAID to fund small-scale farmers has met a great success in Sudan and Arab countries, in which the number of beneficiaries from such programs during 2013-2021 reached about 431 thousand, compared to 1,320 beneficiaries at the beginning of the program in 2013.
At the end of the signing ceremony, H.E. AAAID’s President briefed about the integrated technical package that AAAID uses with small-scale farmers, and which achieved a development in the productivity of a number of crops. One of the most important among these crops is the peanut crop, which achieved an increase in productivity in the Republic of Sudan by more than 150%, while wheat crop increased by 163%.
H.E. Mr. Al Mazrooei extended his thanks and appreciation to H.E. Prof. El Dukhairi, in which he praised the signing of the agreement and wished continuous success for AOAD. For his part, H.E. the Director of AOAD valued the exerted efforts made by AAAID in supporting small-scale farmers and developing the agricultural sector.