A report on “The Conditions of Arab Food Security” issued by the Arab Organization for Agricultural Development (Cairo) said that animal production does not satisfy the growing needs of the Arab population. It said the fact that most Arab countries import animal products indicates a dysfunction in management of this wealth and the policies governing animal production both at the national and regional levels.
The report points out that animal production faces a number of fundamental difficulties, including the shortage of animal feed, fluctuation in the supply of the feed due to divergent levels of rainfall, and poor and traditional breeding methods. As a result the imports of red and white meats, fish, eggs and dairy product had risen the years 2009 and 2010.
According to the report the average water availability per capita in the Arab countries is below the water poverty line established at 1000 cubic meters annually. Self-sufficiency in grains, sugar and oil seeds averaged in 2010 between 26-48% while self-sufficiency in legume and animal products ranged between 58% and 89%. The food gap reached $36.99 billion
www.daralhahat.com October 21, 2011