The development of the agricultural sector is an integral part of the Algerian government’s push for economic diversification. To that effect, the Public Investment Programme 2015-19, launched in 2014, aims to build on the existing Agricultural and Rural Renewal Policy (Politique de Renouveau Agricole et Rural, PRAR) by spending close to AD300bn (€2.5bn) per year on the sector. The Public Investment Programme 2015-19 targets include increasing the number of irrigated lands by 1m ha; reach…
From The Report: Algeria 2016
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Algeria has been taking active steps to lower its food import bill and improve local agriculture production. That being said, the government continues to face challenges in areas such as land appropriation and financing. Given its sizeable agricultural land potential and current development programmes, Algeria is ideally poised to be an exporting country for agricultural produce. Developing a smart export policy and system based on intensive agriculture will be crucial going forward. This chapter contains interviews with Abdesselam Chelghoum, Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries; and David Blumberg, CEO, Blumberg Grain Middle East & Africa.