PRES­I­DENT KH. BATTULGA URGES THE GOV­ERN­MENT TO EX­E­CUTE BET­TER AGRI­CUL­TURAL POL­ICY TO IM­PROVE FOOD SE­CU­RITY

The UB Post - - FRONT PAGE - By T. BAYARBAT

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

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