The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has stressed the need to conserve biodiversity and ensure food security to enable access to nutritious food for everyone on the planet, adding that green agriculture has a vast potential to transform the agricultural sector.
Director-General of the food agency, Qu Dongyu made this remark at the high profile International Agro-Industrial Forum on the sidelines of the 21st Golden Autumn 2019 Exhibition in Moscow.
Citing the need to foster the course of green agriculture, Qu stated that digitalization plays an integral role in the transition from the traditional agricultural practices to a more productive green agriculture.
The DG who highlighted the importance of shifting towards green production, stated that green processing is less environmentally polluting and water consuming.
He bemoaned the lack of availability and affordability of high quality food and food diversity including a wide range of fruit and vegetables.“We need to reduce residues of chemicals and other polluting elements in our food”
Qu also made reference to the importance of international standards in promoting green agriculture, including the Codex Alimentarius – a collection of standards, guidelines and codes of practice adopted by the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC), supported by the FAO.
He further revealed his eagerness to sustain the cooperation with Russia, adding that the country has achieved a huge progress in agrifood production over the past five years and that each Russian region has a competiitive advantage in delivering high quality food.
The“Golden Autumn – 2019” exhibition is an elite agricultural forum organized annually by the Russian Ministry of Agriculture. The event has enlisted 1500 business from 50 regions of Russian Federation.