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FAO intensifies partnership with Egyptian Poultry Association

The FAO and Egyptian Poultry Association (EPA) sign memorandum of understanding (MOU) to bolster their partnership and improve industry productivity.

26 May 2021, at 7:50am

The MOU aims to achieve the common goals of the two parties in the field through providing advanced and innovative technological services to the various production systems of the poultry industry and to promote action in order to achieve integrated approaches for sustainability.

The MOU states that FAO and EPA can enhance cooperation in work areas of common interest, which might include:

  • The characterization of the poultry production system and analysis of the sector on a regular basis
  • Development of integrated approaches to promote biosecurity measures along the poultry value chain using various digital communication tools
  • Exchange of information and facilitate technology transfer for effective control of poultry diseases with significant economic and public health impacts.

HE Al-Sayed Al-Qusayr, Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, witnessed the signing of the MOU. The signing ceremony was attended by Engineer Moustafa El-Sayad, Deputy Minister of Agriculture for Animal Production and Fisheries, Dr Nasredin Hag Elamin, FAO Representative in Egypt, Engineer Mahmoud Mohamed Al-Anani, President of the Poultry Producers Association and a number of senior officials in the Ministry, FAO and EPA.

During the signing ceremony, the Minister reiterated that the poultry industry is one of the largest industries in Egypt, which the government considers as one of the key pillars for achieving food security and economic development in the country. The volume of investments in this industry is more than 90 billion Egyptian pounds and employs over 3 million workers.

“The MOU comes as a new and important step towards achieving the goals of promoting the poultry industry in Egypt, and preserving this national industry by achieving advanced standards of biosecurity and combating animal diseases that affect poultry and can be transmitted to humans such as Avian Flu.” Al-Sayed Al-Qusayr said.

On his part, the FAO Representative in Egypt, Nasredin Hag Elamin said, “This memorandum aims to provide a framework of cooperation with EPA in Egypt to promote common goals and objectives to achieve sustainability in food production for the Egyptian people, as it comes within the framework of FAO strategic goals. In particular, the fifth strategic goal on enhancing the resilience of livelihoods to threats and crises and the first strategic goal on contributing to the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition”.

The EPA represents millions of poultry producers across the country and aims to promote the industry by working with various partners including FAO. “The agreement with FAO will feed into the plans and efforts aimed at developing work in the Association and protecting producers in all their forms for the purpose of developing the poultry industry in Egypt. As EPA seeks, through a systematic plan, to develop the performance of small breeder and improve their farms and their management methods, it also help them obtain markets at an appropriate price to achieve self-sufficiency in the future,” said Engineer Mahmoud Mohamed Al-Anani, President of the Poultry Producers Association.