Date: 19 Jul, 2018
His Excellency Mohammed bin Obaid Al Mazrooei, President of the Arab Authority for Agricultural Investment and Development, accompanied by a delegation from the Arab Authority, met with His Excellency Prof. Abdullah Sulaiman Abdullah, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry of the Republic of Sudan, at his office in the Ministry premises on 18/7/2018.
H.E the President of AAAID initiated the meeting by congratulating H.E the Minister on assuming the duties of the Ministry. He also expressed his thanks and appreciation to H.E the Minister for providing the opportunity for the meeting which comes in order to acquaint him with the work of the Arab Authority and its vision, mission, goals and investments. His Excellency further explained the different sectors in which the Arab Authority works, which is represented in the industrial sector, plant and animal production sectors, as well as services and development activities, and praised the support and interest received by the Arab Authority’s projects from the Government of Sudan in the country.
His Excellency also pointed out that since 2004, the Arab Authority has been involved with associations of farmers and producers and the development of rural women through the implementation of a range of programs and activities. The activities included agricultural extension, technical support, and the dissemination and settlement of modern agricultural technologies. As well as the provision of revolving loans for productive operations and the supervision of their implementation, leading to the establishment of successful pilot projects in Sudan, which included the states of Al Jazirah, South Darfur, the White Nile state, and North Kordofan. Citing AAAID’s program in the state of South Kordofan where AAAID funded 150 women to cultivate 1,500 acres for the production of peanut seeds, corn, sorghum, and sesame in the 2017 – 2018 season.
On his part, H.E the Minister welcomed H.E the President of the Arab Authority and his accompanying delegation and wished the Arab Authority success in its efforts to increase investments in Sudan, appreciating the role of the Arab Authority and its contribution to the Sudanese economy. He further stressed the importance of the agricultural sector and its position in supporting the economy. His Excellency the Minister also promised to provide all the assistance and support to the Arab Authority and its affiliate companies in the headquarters host country to reach its objectives of reinforcing food security.