PRESIDENT KH. BATTULGA URGES THE GOVERNMENT TO EXECUTE BETTER AGRICULTURAL POLICY TO IMPROVE FOOD SECURITY
Anational forum on the country’s food security was held at the State Palace on September 12 and farmers, herders, veterinarians, doctors and researchers attended the forum to discuss ways to improve the nation’s food security and address to food security challenges.
The President highlighted that after amendments to the National Security Concept (NSC) made in 2010, the state of Mongolia made food security the main piece of the NSC.
He noted that the state is still talking about challenges facing the national food security and a number of campaigns and initiatives to help resolve this issue, but people are not seeing better outcomes so the country needs real action and achievements to improve its food security.
President Kh.Battulga stated that the government, ministries and state organizations in charge of this matter need to promote private companies in the food industry with robust government policies and the government should promote the food sector by granting long-term soft loans to companies operating in the food industry.
He emphasized that if companies are still working with loans with an annual interest rate of 20 percent and keep doing business this way, the country will never see better results in food security and promoted “smart” policies.
The President emphasized that China wants to buy Mongolian flour and noodle but farmers will not export their products without government support.
“When bad weather conditions affect harvest, Mongolian farmers provide the country’s annual flour demand. We are using only a small percent of the country’s land for the agricultural sector. If we increase land use in agriculture to three percent, the country can export agricultural products such as flour, wheat, potatoes, carrots and colza.”
He stated that as the forum’s attendees should explore possibilities to improve the nation’s food security, he will urge the government to use the decisions from the forum to make its policy and promote the food industry in dealing with challenges in food security.
President Kh.Battulga speaks at the food security forum