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17 October 2018

The Arab Fertilizers Association (AFA) organized the Conference on Integrated Food Management in the West Asia and North Africa Region under the patronage of the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Arab Potash Company, H.E. Mr. Jamal Al Sarayrah.

The event was held on the theme, Integrated Management of Fertilizers in West Asia and North Africa. Representatives of Arab and global companies working in the field of fertilizers in the Arab world and beyond took part.

The Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) was represented with a high-level delegation as well.

In his comments, Company President Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery said GPIC’s participation was due to the Company’s keenness to be present during various activities, gatherings and events organized by the AFA.

He said the several important issues that support the fertilizer industry were discussed at the event.

Dr. Jawahery stressed on the importance and necessity of providing support to the role of the AFA as it seeks to achieve the most important goals of supporting and developing the fertilizer industry in the Arab world. He said he is proud of the contributions the company had made to support these objectives.

Dr. Jawahery also spoke the attendance and participation at the event and praised the exhibitors at the accompanying exhibition at which some of the largest Arab and international companies specialized in fertilizer industries and equipment took part.

Dr. Jawahery praised the efforts exerted by the General Secretariat of the Federation in preparing and organizing the events at the conference. Those attending expressed satisfaction at the facilities and praised the response of companies keen to attend and participate in the exhibition. He said these companies offered the latest and most advanced industrial equipment for the fertilizer industry.

In his speech, H.E. Mr. Al-Sarayrah stressed the importance of the agricultural sector as a major component in the economy and a basic step towards the needs for food. He also spoke of the role of the fertilizer sector in supporting and strengthening national economies through logistics such as transport, food, fertilizers, pesticides and exports, as well as the contributions of the agriculture sector in fighting poverty and unemployment, enhancing food security and social stability.

He said the countries of West Asia and North Africa are witnessing an increase in population and economic growth as well as a rise in the standard of living and accelerating civil and urban development. These countries face great challenges to reduce the gap between supply and demand for foodstuffs.

He said the agricultural area in the region is shrinking and diminishing in the face of pressures and strains. He said the deterioration of fertility and productivity of agricultural land in the absence of integrated management of inputs for agricultural production was also an issue.

The conference was held on October 8 and 9, in coordination and cooperation with the International Fertilizer Association (IFA). It featured a series of researches and studies presented by a distinguished elite of scientists in the field of fertilizers, soil and technology as well as the optimal use of water.

The conference saw for the first time the global participation of experts and scientists in the field of fertilizers.