President Tokayev chairs Security Council meeting

President Tokayev chairs Security Council meeting

Astana, The Gulf Observer: President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev chaired a meeting of the Security Council of the Republic of Kazakhstan discussing the systemic issues of ensuring food security, according to the reports of Akorda.

The meeting focused on a number of issues related to the strengthening of food independence of the country.

Following the talks, the Kazakh Head of State identified providing the population with affordable and quality food as the main priority.

At the meeting, it was pointed out that the issue of stepping up measures to protect land from degradation remains relevant. New approaches to the systemic agricultural machinery renewal and creation of the country’s own seed fund adapted to local conditions are also of relevance.

Special attention was placed on the state support measures for agriculture.

Subsidizing needs to increase the productivity in the agro-business complex. While distributing subsidies it is necessary to take into account the regions’ features, the size of cultivation areas, and selection of agricultural crops, said Tokayev.

In addition, the President drew attention to the importance of a prompter response to changes in economic conditions, agrarians and enterprises engaged in food production needing state support.

The event also discussed the issues of infrastructure support for agricultural production (creation of jobs in rural areas, increasing the efficiency of the phytosanitary and veterinary protection system, and so on.

Following the meeting, Head of State Tokayev gave instructions to the government and authorized bodies aimed at strengthening food independence, increasing the affordability of food products and a more complete realization of the agro-industrial complex of the country.