Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The National Forum on Food Security was held at the initiative of Kh.Battulga, President of Mongolia, on September 12.
The Forum was co-organized by the Presidential Office, the Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Light Industry, the Mongolian Food Industry Association and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
In her report on state policy on food industry and measures, Deputy Minister for Food, Agriculture and Light Industry J.Saule underlined that food supply from domestic market has improved last years, satisfying main needs of meat, milk and vegetables domestically.
“However, we are still 100 per cent dependent on imports of sugar, various types of rice, fruits and food oil products. Food security issues are concerned in connection with it. Moreover, we should also pay attention to food storing, transportation, hygienic issues and trading environment of foodstuff,” she said.
Some participants of the forum noted that legal environment regarding to ensuring food security has been already created, having adequate laws and regulations, but implementation and responsibility for adhering the legislation as well as customers’ education should be extensively improved.
Non-staff advisor to the President in charge of medicine and food security affairs L.Erdenechimeg highlighted that Mongolia has full possibilities not only to supply food needs 100 per cent domestically but also export food to the region.
The Forum attracted representatives from food industry, government institutions, NGOs, scholars, farmers and herders from 21 aimags. They released a recommendation on ensuring the food security in Mongolia, at the end of the Forum.