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Bouazghi insists on the imperative to solve the problem of agricultural land to promote the sector

ALGIERS – Minister of Agriculture, Local Development and Fisheries Abdelkader Bouazghi insisted Sunday in Algiers on the imperative to solve the problem of agricultural land to promote and modernize the sector, exploiting all arable land .

Speaking to industries executives and key stakeholders in the field at the closing session of the National Agriculture Foundation workshops, the Minister emphasized “the need to find a solution to arable land unexploited, including privately owned land, to promote and modernize the sector and increase national agricultural production”.

In Algeria, the total exploitable area is 8.5 million ha, of which 5.7 million ha belong to the private domain and 2.8 million ha belong to the domain of the State, according to the statistics of the Ministry of Agriculture which make show that 3.1 million ha, or 36% are currently untapped.

Regarding agricultural production, Mr. Bouazghi said that national production was close to 3,000 billion da (nearly 30 billion dollars), while it did not exceed 350 million DZD in 2000.

This production, adds the minister, also makes it possible to meet 70% of the national needs and to contribute to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) up to 12%, which, according to him, represents “a significant advance in favor of the public support and encouragement of the agricultural sector” .

Modern agriculture must be based on irrigation

Mr. Bouazghi emphasized the need to reach the target of 2 million ha of irrigated land, indicating that Algeria has reached a national agricultural production nearly 3,000 billion da with 1.3 million ha of irrigated land. Achieving the target of 2 million ha of irrigated land will support 100% national needs and direct the surplus towards export.

The minister, who called on economic operators to invest more in manufacturing industries to increase the export volume, said that Algeria has achieved self-sufficiency in several agricultural products and that the absence of manufacturing industries has prevented exploitation of the surplus in the export.

With regard to the development of fishing and aquaculture activities, the Minister called on industry stakeholders to make greater efforts to develop this sector and increase its performance in order to meet national needs in this area, with a focus on in this connection, the need to develop the manufacturing industry in this field with the aim of developing exports.

Responding to a question from a journalist on the importation of French red meats, Bouazghi said that “the majority of the meat consumed in Algeria is produced locally, the surplus being imported from several countries and not only from France”.

“Agriculture at the service of national sovereignty”.

As a reminder, the closing session of the 9 preparatory workshops was devoted to the review and validation of the recommendations of the workshops opened on March 11, 2018 in anticipation of the National Conference on Agriculture to be held Monday under the patronage of the President of the Republic, Mr. Abdelaziz Bouteflika at the International Conference Center (CIC) -Club des Pins, under the slogan “Agriculture at the service of national sovereignty”.

The closing session saw the participation of investors, farmers, breeders, processors, exporters, researchers, financial institutions, experts, representatives of central and local management, farmers’ chambers, professional associations and representatives of the ministries concerned.

The session was crowned with recommendations that will be submitted Monday during the National Conference of Agriculture and to allow to better target the strategies to be put in place, for a sustainable agricultural development with a contribution in the diversification of the national economy, strengthening of rural development and the forestry economy and sustainable growth of fisheries and aquaculture activities.

The nine (09) preparatory workshops focused on several themes, including agricultural land, water resources, agricultural products and agri-food processing, agricultural exports, agricultural financing and investment, rural development and forest economics, as well as the development of fisheries and aquaculture, training and innovation, and professional and interprofessional organization.

Peace and security: Algeria in 7th place worldwide

Algeria is among the safest countries on the planet, in terms of security and peace. According to The Gallup Organization, an American structure well known for its various polls.

Algeria ranks first in Africa and 7th in the world in terms of peace and security. The ranking, cited by the Ecofin Agency, gave Algeria a score of 90 points out of 100. Based on an index from a survey of 136,000 people in 135 countries – including 37 African countries – in the world in 2016, the study assessed people’s sense of security and their personal experiences with crime and law enforcement. To do this, a certain amount of information is collected. These mainly concern: the confidence of the population in the local police, the feeling of security by walking alone at night in the city or region of residence, the cases of theft suffered by the respondents or their relatives, or the case of aggression. According to the same document, more than six out of ten people in the world say they trust their local police (68%) and feel safe walking alone at night (64%). One in seven (14%) say they had stolen property in the survey reference year and 6% said they had been assaulted.

Protection and preservation of the environment: Algeria, leader in the MENA region

Algeria is ranked 42nd country in the world in terms of environmental protection, out of 153 countries studied. It is the first country in the MENA region, and the second largest in Africa, according to a ranking of US environmental researchers based on measures such as air quality, water quality, biodiversity, ecosystem constraints, waste treatment and environmental governance.

Despite this ranking, much remains to be done in terms of protecting and preserving the environment. According to experts in environmental legislation, “the protection and preservation of the environment require strong administration”, able to enforce environmental legislation, recommended last Monday, specialists in the legislation of the the environment.

Speaking during a study day on “the living environment and environmental law”, the Vice President of the State Council, Kamel Fenniche, said that the protection and preservation of the environment “Require a strong administration, able to apply environmental legislation, as well as an effective justice specialized in the matter”. He said that this “could only be achieved through the sensitization of citizens, the strengthening of the role of associations and coordination of efforts between international organizations”. For Mr. Fenniche, “the ever-increasing concern of the public authorities concerning the protection of the environment has led to the adoption of a national and international normative corpus, which the administrative judge regularly assumes. application and interpretation “.

He noted that Algeria ranks 42nd globally among the 195 countries covered by the environmental protection study, stating that, at the regional level, it ranks first in the Arab world and second at the African scale, according to a classification carried out by a group of American researchers.

He added that this classification was conducted on the basis of a set of criteria relating, inter alia, to air and water quality, biodiversity, waste treatment and environmental management.

Mr. Fenniche argued that following the “profound” change that has marked the environmental policy in Algeria, through, including the latest revision of the Constitution, which devotes, in one of his articles, the right of the citizen to a healthy environment and balanced.

Achieving sustainable development

For her part, the President of the State Council, Soumia Abdelsadok, spoke about the role of law in protecting the environment to achieve sustainable development. “Enforcement is essential in preserving and protecting the environment to achieve sustainable development,” she said.

It should be recalled that Algeria is currently adopting strategies for the preservation of the environment in different sectors. These strategies are based on several axes, among others: the preservation of water, soil and forests, sensitive ecosystems (littoral, steppe, Sahara), industrial pollution control, the protection of the archaeological heritage, natural areas and species and marine areas, the management of special waste, which is part of the National Environmental Strategy (NES), as well as in the National Plan of Environmental Actions and Sustainable Development (PNAE-DD) through the adoption of a national program for integrated management of household and similar waste (PROGDEM).

It must also be said that Algeria’s biodiversity is ranked among the richest in the Mediterranean basin. Its privileged biogeographic position, located between the Mediterranean and sub-Saharan Africa, enriches it with a faunistic and floristic potential composed of Mediterranean, Palearctic, Ethiopian and endemic species. This mixing of species is a wealth that must be preserved and managed in a rational and sustainable way.

It should be noted that Algeria is preparing for its transition to an energy model based on the development of renewable energies, enshrined in the Renewable Energy Act passed in 2004, which sets the share of solar energy and wind at 14%. the national energy balance to be achieved in 2020.


Seawater desalination: Researchers develop 100% solar powered equipment

A team of researchers from the Solar Equipment Development Unit (SEDU) of Bou Ismail (Tipasa) has recently developed equipment for the desalination of seawater that is 100% solar powered and / or photovoltaic, announced Monday the director of the Center for Development of Renewable Energy (CDRE).

The director of the CDRE Yassa Noureddine told to APS that this is a project, entitled “Development of technologies by the exploitation of solar energy in the desalination of brackish water and sea following thermal membrane techniques”, included in the framework of different research programs of CDRE centers.

The project combines two desalination technologies based on solar. The first so-called membrane distillation process powered by solar thermal panels, has low capacity estimated at 100L / hour. As for the second process, which has been the subject of an evaluation study, it is based on the reverse osmosis process, powered by photovoltaic cells. The combination of the two processes increases the volume of treated water while minimizing the amount of brine produced.

Noureddine Yassaâ These features allow a very fast installation and a perfect adaptation to the specific needs of arid and semi-arid regions suffering from a deficiency of drinking water.

In the 2nd phase of the project, SEDU researchers are interested in the desalination of water intended for agricultural irrigation, added the official, underlining the high scientific and socio-economic value of this project, ensuring energy autonomy, doubled a reduction in fees.

This seawater desalination program is in tune with the national needs related to the development of new technologies that will reduce expenditures related to desalination of seawater, especially as Algeria has a coastline of 1,600 km long, it can operate at lower cost, in parallel with the exploitation of brackish groundwater in arid and semi-arid regions.

Opening of the 11th edition of the scientific and technical days of Sonatrach

The launch of the 11th edition of the scientific and technical days of Sonatrach was given Monday afternoon at the Oran Convention Center in the presence of the Minister of Energy, the Minister of the Environment and renewable energies and the CEO of SH.

A Malian delegation led by the Minister of Energy was also present as well as an Iraqi delegation.

More than 1500 participants took part in this opening ceremony including the CEOs of ENI (Italy), CEPSA (Spain) and TOTAL (France)

In his opening speech Energy Minister Mustapha Guitouni stressed the importance of partnership “we must reconsider our vision of partnership to make it an asset for developing our capabilities and diversifying our energy resources” he said in his opening remarks. The minister did not fail to recall that the energy transition is a crucial issue for our country.

 “innovation is a key option to make Sonatrach a leader not only in the exploitation of fossil fuels but also in renewable energies”.

Sonatrach’s CEO emphasized the importance of innovation in the energy sector saying that “Sonatrach is today a stable group this allows us to put in place the necessary strategies for the future. improvement of the group’s operating results”

Before announcing that his company will present its balance sheet and strategic plan 2020, 2030 on April 30.

The Minister then proceeded to a visit of the booths of the companies that took part in the exhibition organized alongside the scientific and technical days of Sonatrach.


Agri-food, Logistics, and Waste Management

Dutch sign partnership with Ceimi

The Algerian-Dutch Business Council has signed a partnership agreement with CEIMI in the presence of the wali of Blida and our two presidents. This partnership is mainly focused on the agribusiness, logistics, and waste processing sectors. This signing comes at an important turning point in the development and diversity of our two countries’ relations. And we are proud to be able to do it alongside CEIMI.

Get inside the Silicon Valley of agriculture

How the Netherlands, a country known for these tulips, has become a major tomato producer and the leading exporter of onions and potatoes?

With more than half of its land used for agriculture, the Netherlands is a pioneer in greenhouse horticulture.

Dutch farmers are experimenting with innovative ways to produce more food with fewer resources – methods that are increasingly relevant as climate change and drought and flood cycles wreak havoc in traditional agriculture worldwide.

The Dutch landscape is home to greenhouse sections that minimize the use of gas, electricity, and water as well as greenhouse gas emissions while maximizing the use of sunlight and nutrient recycling. Other innovations include the green building of infrastructure: building materials, lighting and heating and cooling systems.

But not all strategies are high tech. Some draw the power of nature.

Many producers have turned to so-called “bio-control” to protect their crops, using insects, mites and worms to feed on pests, to reduce the use of pesticides.

With 80% of its land cultivated under glass, the Westland region is the greenhouses capital of the Netherlands. Most Dutch farms are still family-based and remain competitive by employing automated temperature control systems and energy-efficient LED lighting to extend growing seasons throughout the year.

Advanced technology also powers the flower market. The highly automated 24-hour packaging plants and freight terminals at the Port of Rotterdam help to keep the Netherlands as the world’s second-largest exporter of food products (in value terms) behind the United States.

Today, the country has added knowledge and technology to its long list of exports. Government, universities, research institutes and private farmers are involved in food systems projects around the world. This export of knowledge also occurs on Dutch soil – on university campuses where thousands of international students graduate to solve food security problems in their home countries.

The president of the National Association of Exporters: the African market is within reach of Algerian products, under certain conditions

Algerian Companies to Benefit From The African Free Trade Zone

Speaking Wednesday, on the show “L’Invité De La Rédaction” on Algerian Radio Channel 3, the president of the National Association of Algerian exporters estimates that African market is within reach of Algerian products — If barriers are lifted.

As a first condition, Mr. Ali Bey Naceri considers that it is necessary to better understand the needs of the market, but especially, the economic typologies of the countries with which Algeria plans to develop its trade.

According to Mr. Ali Bey, 57 million dollars of household appliances and about 100 millions of dollars of cement were exported in 2017. The first signals are “very positive”. Nonetheless, he believes these numbers are “small” compared to the needs expressed.

With a volume exceeding 2,200 billion dollars, the African market is likely, under certain conditions, to offer opportunities to Algerian exports

In order to update and increase the opportunities for exchanges, the President of ANEXA considers essential to establish relations with markets close to Algeria, like the  African Economic and Monetary Union and the Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

One necessary requirement is to set standardization agreements and recognition of laboratories — intellectual property, service protocols, …

For him, it is not possible to claim to win market shares, without the indispensable presence of Algerian banks grouped in the consortium in the target countries. Mr. Ali Bey insists: “It is a sine qua non condition to develop our exports.”

The other hindrance he highlights is the of foreign currency exchange policy and services of the Bank of Algeria which he invites to meet international standards.

Sanitation projects: An envelope of 84 billion dinars released

The minister of water resources Hocine Necib,announced the thaw of the sanitation’s operations amounting to 84 billion dinars

“ This measure follows the decision of the President of the Republic, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, to rank the Water Resources sector among the three national priorities alongside Health and Education, “ said the minister during his appearance on the show l’invité de la rédaction on Channel 3 on the Algerian Radio.

Mr.Necib also detailed his sector’s strategy for securing the country’s drinking water supply, which he says is based on “the principle of diversifying the resource”. The Ministry of Water Resources, committed as part of the program of the government 2018, to the “total” care of the sanitation to protect the health of the citizen, the water resources, the irrigated surfaces and the environment

It should be noted that the Water Resources sector was one of the three sectors that benefited from the thaw of vital projects, with 112 sanitation projects, at a cost of 90 billion DA, frozen since 2014.

According to the latest statistics of the Ministry, Algeria has invested 450 billion DA in the realization of projects of sanitation networks and treatment plants between 2000 and 2013, and aims to achieve the goal of zero wastewater by 2030.

Sanitation’s expenses totaled 450 billion DZD between 2000 and 2013.

, according to a document on the National Sanitation Development Plan. These investments have resulted in “significant progress” in connecting the population to the sanitation network, which has reached 94% in urban areas and 80% in rural areas. Algeria currently has 171 wastewater treatment plants (Step) with a capacity of 900 million m3 / year compared to only 10 stations in 2000.These efforts have made it possible to increase the total national treatment capacity by 1, 3 million equivalent inhabitants in 2000 with a capacity of 12.4 million equivalent inhabitants in 2013.