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The ministers of agriculture of the world were seeking possibilities to increase food security

24. January 2011 - 0:00

24.01.2011

 

The ministers of agriculture of 48 countries who met in the framework of the largest agriculture and food fair Grüne Woche found that in the framework of world food security it is most important to regulate international trade and increase food production in less developed areas.

 

According to the Minister of Agriculture Helir-Valdor Seeder, European people might not sense the problem of food security very strongly, because the price of food has increased, but we cannot yet talk about food scarcity in Europe and also Estonia.

”With time, this might become a problem also for us, because with a rapid price increase, food will become too expensive also for many Europeans,” mentioned Seeder. “It is expected for demand for food to increase in tens of percentages within the upcoming decades, but in today’s situation, this most certainly will not be met with growth of production in such a large extent.”

The ministers of agriculture expressed in Berlin that, on the one hand, international trade needs to be better regulated to avoid a large-scaled speculation with food prices. On the other hand, focus has to be on increasing food production, because there is a lot of land, which is suitable for agriculture but is not used, especially in developing countries.

”Also the youngest country in the world, South-Sudan was represented at the meeting of agriculture ministers. Only 4 percent of agricultural land is in usage in South-Sudan,” said Seeder. “Such examples can be found all over the world and developed countries, including Estonia have to support the usage of such opportunities.”

The ministers of agriculture of the world met yesterday for the third time in the framework of the biggest food and agriculture fair in Berlin. Representatives of 53 countries took part of the meeting.

Grüne Woche lasts in Berlin until January 30. The central theme of this year’s Estonian stand is the sea and fish products. Estonian stand reflects well the main theme of this year’s Capital of Culture Tallinn – Stories of the Seashore.

The fair has been held since 1926. This year, exhibitors are using the area in 26 exhibition halls (115 000 m2 in total) and during ten days, the fair will be visited by up to half a million people. The Estonian stand at the exhibition is organized by the Estonian Chamber of Agriculture and Commerce.

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