Agricultural links between Bahrain and Cyprus to be stepped up

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Agricultural links between Bahrain and Cyprus to be stepped up

Smart agriculture and marine fishing are among the areas that Bahrain and Cyprus will collaborate in, it was announced. These are part of several agreements lined up to be signed between the relevant ministries of the two countries, focusing on sustainable management of water resources, agriculture and aquaculture. Speaking at a Press conference yesterday at the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, Cyprus Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment Minister Costas Kadis pointed out the shared challenges of the two countries on sustainable management, protection and utilisation of water resources and the arid climatic conditions. “We have limited water availability from natural resources and there is a continuous increase in water demand, hence there is a need for sustainable management of water resources and for securing additional water through non-conventional procedures like waste-water reuse and desalination of seawater. “In this direction, we have drafted a memorandum of understanding aiming to promote co-operation in a number of areas relating to sustainable water management.” He said the two sides are exploring potential collaborations on smart techniques like aqua culture and marine fishing, citing the common characteristics of Cypriot and Bahraini agriculture. “We have many common characteristics due to the arid climatic conditions prevailing in