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FAO Director-General meets Iceland's Finance and Economic Affairs Ministers

Discussions on joint cooperation in fisheries and aquaculture
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FAO Director-General (left) and Benedikt Jóhannesson (right) during their meeting today.

2 November 2017, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met Iceland’s Minister for Finance and Economic Affairs Benedikt Jóhannesson to discuss joint cooperation in fisheries and aquaculture. 

Both principals also discussed the country's leadership in geothermal energy, the flow of heat energy radiating from the earth’s core, which provides unique opportunities for cost efficient, sustainable food production and processing in developing countries

Iceland – which derives most of its heating and electricity from geothermal power - has been a leader in the use of geothermal power for agriculture since the 1920s.

In addition to greenhouse heating, some 20 companies across Iceland dry between 2000 and 4000 tonnes of fish each year, while an emerging industry for geothermal pet food drying is currently producing 500 tonnes of animal feed annually.

Watch the Minister's remarks following the meeting: