FAO To Invest US$3 Million To Develop Poultry Farming In Equatorial Guinea

Nov 28, 2012, 09:57 ET from Republic of Equatorial Guinea

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MALABO, Equatorial Guinea, Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have signed an agreement that calls for the FAO to invest US$3 million over three years to develop poultry farming in rural Equatorial Guinea.

This investment is part of the government's efforts to develop the country's agricultural sector and create income-generating activities in rural and urban areas. The goal of the government and the FAO is to develop a family-based poultry industry that employs modern practices. The program will provide training and resources for feeding and care of poultry stock, vaccination against diseases, and general veterinary care.

Miguel Oyono Ndong Mifumu, Agriculture Minister of Equatorial Guinea, and Athman Mravili, Malabo representative of the FAO, signed the agreement.

"The goal of this government program is to develop the agricultural regions of the country. This agreement will have a positive impact in rural areas, by supporting the work of its people," said Miguel Ndong.

The agreement provides training in the provinces and extension and implementation of a system to deliver critical pharmaceuticals.

Equatorial Guinea's President, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, announced on October 11 that his government had offered US$30 million to the FAO to assist African countries with food shortages and improve food security across the continent.

About Equatorial Guinea

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea (Republica de Guinea Ecuatorial) is the only Spanish-speaking country in Africa, and one of the smallest nations on the continent. In the late-1990s, American companies helped discover the country's oil and natural gas resources, which only within the last five years began contributing to the global energy supply. ="http://www.flickr.com/photos/50152514@N07/" target="_blank">Equatorial Guinea is now working to serve as a pillar of stability and security in its region of West Central Africa. The country hosted the 2011 Summit of the African Union. For more information, visit http://www.guineaecuatorialpress.com.

SOURCE Republic of Equatorial Guinea