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Talks with Kuwait on joint efforts to eradicate Red Palm Weevil

Talks on the sidelines of international event to stop destructive beetle wiping out palms in the Near East

30 March 2017, Rome - FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva today met Faisal Al Hasawi, Director-General of the Public Authority of Agriculture Affairs and Fish Resources of Kuwait, who is in Rome to attend an international three-day meeting to debate and define an international action plan to stop the spread of the Red Palm Weevil, a pest that attacks date and coconut- producing palms and ornamental palms.

Al Hasawi thanked FAO Director-General for organizing the event, underlining that the Red Palm Weevil problem is currently affecting the entire Near East region. “Its solution requires coordination and collaboration among countries and between farmers, scientists, government officials and the private sector,” he said.

Sharing experience in water management

The head of the Kuwaiti Authority also confirmed the country’s participation at a joint event organized by FAO with the League of Arab States at the upcoming FAO Conference to address water scarcity in the region, where Kuwait will share its experience in water treatment facilities.