A political dialogue meeting for the preparation of the 2022-2023 budget was held this afternoon between the Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, Dr Renganaden Padayachy, and the Attorney General, Minister of agro-industry and food security, Mr. Manesh Gobin.
In a statement after the meeting, Minister Gobin underlined that to ensure food security, it is necessary to adopt a multidisciplinary approach. He pointed out that this year the country has faced the unprecedented combined impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing war between Ukraine and Russia.
He recalled that the country depends on imports for many products, including fertilizers which are in turn used for local food production. We must therefore reconsider our import strategy and tap into our ability to produce our own fertilizers locally, he stressed.
Mr. Maneesh Gobin spoke about the need to opt for alternative fertilizers and said that he proposed the development of special schemes for the local production of fertilizers. He underlined the relevance of the Zero Budget Natural Farming program to stimulate the local production of alternatives.
The Minister also pointed out that he had discussed with the Minister of Finance his intention to promote the production of superfoods for both local consumption and export.
Another topic discussed during the meeting was the revision of the freight capacity program following the surge in freight prices and the need for collaboration between the various ministries concerned for this purpose.
The Attorney General also informed that he has requested funding for the major digitization reform regarding the provision of free access to a revised electronic edition of all statutes, including regulations which will be published on the office’s web portal. of the attorney general, as well as the possibility for the online request for a certificate of character.