An agreement on productive partnership was signed Sunday at Al-Salam Rotana Hotel between the Social Security Investment Authority and the Northern State in the field of improved seeds production in an area of 5,000 acres at Al-Golid Locality.
The Director General of Agricultural Investment at the Social Security Investment Authority Kamaluddin Abdullah Haji Al-Toum signed on behalf of the authority whereas the Director General of the Ministry of Agriculture in the Northern State Mohammed Khadir Taha Ibrahim signed for the state.
Federal Minister of Agriculture Engineer Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamid described the, at the signing ceremony, the agreement as a major achievement and it was a step in the right direction to keep pace with global developments that have occurred in this area which made agriculture closer to the industry, pointing out that the country has been exporting more than 60% as raw materials of agricultural production in the sixties of the last century and now the ratio has declined to only 5%.
The Minister of Agriculture said that this agreement came within the strategic plan of his ministry to keep up with these changes, stressing the importance of capital inflows to the agricultural economy in a way that intermingles funds and farmers to make what has been as the contractual agriculture, which has been practiced by most countries including the United States of America for the purpose of matching agricultural production to the international standards.
Engineer Hamid affirmed that the future of agriculture in Sudan is promising in the light of the increasing world population, which leads to increase in the demand for food, fodder and animal products, adding that Sudan is one of the eligible countries to provide global needs of food, hoping that this project will be a model for the people of Sudan in the production of improved seeds.