Bahrain’s Animal Resources Undersecretary, Dr. Khalid Ahmed Hassan said that the Works Ministry welcomes and encourages foreign investments that contribute to achieving food security and taking advantage of technology and modern techniques to increase animal production.
The statement came while receiving the newly-appointed Bahraini Ambassador to Brazil, Mr. Badr Abbas Al Hulaibi. Dr. Hassan also said that achieving sustainable food security requires increasing animal products (poultry and eggs), using modern technology, such as industrial intelligence, investment in agricultural lands in countries and possessing the necessary natural resources to provide fodder, in addition to diversifying food sources.
Dr. Hassan cited directives of Mr. Essam bin Abdulla Khalaf, Minister of Works, Municipalities Affairs, and Urban Plannings, to encourage foreign investment, consider the private sector as a key partner in food security and encourage Bahraini companies to invest in the animal sector and coordinate their work with countries with which joint investments are possible.
The meeting explored the advantages of modern technologies to support the livestock sector in the field of breeding, as well as to increase the import and export of livestock, red and white meat, and veterinary medicine between the two countries, affirming that the Bahraini Animal Resources department welcomes foreign investments in the livestock sector.
The two parties proposed to hold a livestock sector investment forum to enable meetings between major food and agricultural companies in Brazil and Bahrain. They also recommended creating a protocol through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to regulate cooperation between Brazil and Bahrain in many economic and veterinary fields.
The envoy emphasized the Brazilian side’s intention to develop trade exchange with regard to animal products and livestock, which would improve food security in Bahrain and provide new opportunities for Bahraini importers.