SANTO DOMINGO, March 17 (Xinhua) -- General Director of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Jacques Diouf said Wednesday that Haiti needs at least 800 million U.S. dollars to revive its agriculture sector.
Diouf said Haiti's agriculture sector can meet only 20 percent of domestic demand. He therefore asked international organizations to continue aiding Haiti, which was devastated by a 7.3-magnitude earthquake on Jan. 12.
At the Conference of Donor Countries to Haiti in Santo Domingo, capital of the Dominican Republic, Diouf said that after the earthquake, Haitian authorities worked out a 700 million dollars rescue plan for the agriculture sector. "But the graveness of the damage made us think that at least 800 million dollars will be needed," Diouf said.
Diouf added that before the earthquake, the FAO worked on agriculture programs with a value of 40 million dollars. But after the quake, it was necessary to reshift its priorities.
Among the most urgent is safeguarding the next sowing season, mainly from March to May, which makes up 60 percent of the country's agriculture production.