By Gunay Hasanova
A new version of the Law on “Food security” was unanimously adopted during the next meeting of the Parliament of Turkmenistan of the fifth convocation, the Turkmen government reported on November 24.
The law ensures that the required production is provided vital foodstuffs and food raw materials, as well as guaranteed the availability of food for the whole population in the quantity necessary for an active and healthy life.
The vital food refers to food that is similar in structure and volume of the basis of the food ration of the population of Turkmenistan.
Since independence, Turkmenistan's agricultural policy has emphasized grain production in order to increase self-sufficiency in the face of a sharp decline in trade among the former Soviet republics.
The cultivation area in Turkmenistan is 760,000 hectares. 1,600 million tons of grain is planned to be harvested from these areas in 2017.
Turkmenistan has recently been awarded a special prize by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations for its achievements in the field of food security.
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