MAL emphasises local food consumption

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BY LORETTA BRIGIDIA MANELE

THE Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) has a policy which promotes local food consumption.

“It’s not only our ministry that is involved in this policy,” MAL Permanent Secretary, Mr Jimi Saelea TOLD Island Sun yesterday about the National Lokol Kaikai Policy.

He said that while the policy is still valid, there are multi-stakeholders who are involved in its implementation including development partners and line ministries.

Moreover, Saelea stated that the policy is basically about addressing the country’s food security.

Additionally, he explained that the policy focusses on areas such as emphasising the importance of growing local food and consuming it, the link between non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and food and the impact of imported food consumption.

“It is about giving emphasis on growing local food and consuming it,” said Saelea.

He furthered that they are reviewing the policy and noted that the review is funded by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

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