Kuwait Implements Vital Measures For Food Security Amid Global Tensions

17 January 2024 Food

In response to escalating geopolitical tensions affecting global trade, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in Kuwait has introduced critical measures to safeguard the nation's food security. Key actions include the prohibition of egg and meat exports and restrictions on slaughtering female livestock.

Amid disruptions in global trade movements and supply chains, these decisions are seen as a proactive response to uncertainties that could lead to potential increases in commodity prices and global inflation rates.

According to a survey conducted by Al-Anba daily among industry experts, the measures are considered beneficial for Kuwaiti consumers, especially given the surge in maritime shipping costs. However, experts emphasize the need for a more comprehensive, integrated legislative framework to secure citizens' nutritional needs in the long term.

The survey also highlighted the strategic approach adopted by many regional countries, involving the acquisition of substantial agricultural lands abroad and stakes in international food companies, transforming them into exporters of various food commodities.

Mansour Al-Nazhan, Director of the Commercial Control Department at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, emphasized that the decisions were carefully crafted after thorough field monitoring of the local market. The goal is to uphold the country's food security in the face of rapid political changes and events affecting transportation and trade.

Decisions such as banning meat exports, preventing the slaughter of female livestock, and restricting egg exports aim to ensure food security. The decision to prohibit the retailing of vegetables and fruits in small packages is expected to bring multiple consumer benefits, including reduced prices and the elimination of commercial fraud related to weight, origin, and type.

Fahd Al-Arbash, President of the Kuwaiti Union of Restaurant, Cafe, and Equipment Owners, commended the food security decisions as positive steps for price stability and ensuring the availability of essential goods. He highlighted their global adoption during periods of high demand and short supply to preserve goods in the local market and prevent price hikes.

Abdullah Al-Baijan, President of the Kuwait Food Federation, stressed the need for a comprehensive, long-term approach to food security. Beyond temporary decisions, he emphasized the importance of legislation and decisions guaranteeing sustained food security, including the establishment of strategic warehouses and the development of food industries in the country. Al-Baijan urged Kuwait to emulate other regional countries by investing in international food companies and securing significant agricultural areas for long-term food security.

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