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Meeting with Mauritania's Agriculture Minister

Graziano da Silva praises the country's eradication of Red Palm Weevil
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29 March 2017, Rome - FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva today met the Agriculture Minister of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, Lemina Mint El Ghotob Ould Moma, in Rome to attend a meeting aimed at tackling the spread of the Red Palm Weevil.

Graziano da Silva congratulated the contry for eradicating a pest that destroys date and coconut producing palms, as well as ornamental palms found in many European cities.  

Over the last three decades the weevil has spread rapidly through the Middle East and North Africa, affecting almost every country in the region.

Watch the Minister's remarks following the meeting: