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Mexican government creates Food Security Agency

Segalmex will aim to promote agricultural productivity and food distribution among small producers

Mexican government creates Food Security Agency
Víctor Villalobos Arámbula, head of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, will chair the federal branch - Photo: Luis Cortes/EL UNIVERSAL
English 19/01/2019 13:11 Newsroom Mexico City Actualizada 13:11
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Yesterday, the Federal Official Gazette (DOF) published a decree —effective as of today- for the creation of the Mexican Food Security Agency (Segalmex), which will aim to promote agricultural productivity and food distribution for the benefit of lagged segments of the country’s population.

The institution will be decentralized and have its own legal personality. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (Sader) will be in charge of coordinating its activities.

The new agency’s main activities will be to acquire agricultural products for the benefit of agricultural workers, coordinate imports in case of food shortage, promote the production and commercialization of dairy products, and encourage the acquisition and sale of fertilizers.

Víctor Villalobos Arámbula, head of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, will chair the federal branch along with a governing board and a general director chosen by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

The director shall be responsible for setting up imports, exports, and the purchase of agricultural products, all of which will be ratified by the governing board, as well as celebrating agreements with private companies and institutions and propose business plans.
 

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