The Maldives Ministry of Fisheries, Marine Resources and Agriculture held a special panel discussion in commemoration of World Food Day which celebrated on 16 October 2019.
The World Food Day, celebrated every year on 16 October 2019, is commemorated in several fashion across the world. Following the World Food Day, the Maldives Ministry had celebrated World Farmers’ Day as well.
The FAO’s theme for celebrating World Farmers’ Day in 2019 is ‘Our Actions are Our Future: Healthy Diets for a Zero Hunger World’.
The discussion was held on Wednesday at 10:30hrs in the morning. The Ministry in association with Maldives National University (MNU) at the auditorium of MNU’s Faculty of Education.
Industry experts and professionals in relevant fields from both public and private sector had attended to impart their knowledge and share their opinion at the discussion.
The panelists included Aminath Iyasha, the Dietician of Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital, Nutrition Expert and MNU’s Senior Lecturer Aishath Shaaheen, the Managing Director of Pesterminators Pvt Ltd Hussain Rasheed who had served in the government specializing in the agriculture sector for a lengthy period before shifting to the private sector.
Other panelists included the Deputy Director of Ministry of Fisheries, Marine Resources and Agriculture Adam Manik, the Deputy Director of Ministry of Education’s School Health Division, Hussain Rasheed Moosa.
The panel discussion was broadcast live from Dhivehi Raajjeyge Adu – the state-owned radio broadcasting network – as well as from TV Maldives.
Following the panel discussion, the Minister of Fisheries, Marine Resources and Agriculture Zaha Waheed released FAO’s ‘Country Gender Assessment of Agriculture and the Rural Sector of Maldives.’
Minister had furthermore, highlighted on the ministry’s initiatives and directives to enforce and catapult the agriculture sector of Maldives. Minister had stressed on challenges for local farmers regarding non-availability of ‘base price’ for their produce as well as difficulty in acquiring markets.
She confirmed that the ministry will be assisting local agricultures with provision of agriculture compost and other plant nutrition as well as marketing the produce – for this the ministry will be working towards incepting a special state-based corporation.
Moreover, she also revealed that the Maldives state is currently deliberating with International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) to initiate a major agriculture-laden project and added the ground works for the project will kick off on 2020.