Food, fisheries and agriculture
The Ministry of Agriculture and Food has chief responsibility for food policy and agricultural policy. The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries has chief responsibility for fisheries and the aquaculture industry, seafood safety and fish health and welfare.
The vault hold the seeds of many tens of thousands of varieties of essential food crops such as beans, wheat and rice. In total, the vault now holds seeds of more than 4000 plant species. These seed samples are duplicates of seed sample stores in national, regional and international gene banks.
Reindeer husbandry is a small industry on a national scale, but in Saami and local communities it is of great importance for the economy, employment and culture. The aim is to ensure that the Reindeer trade in Norway is ecologically, economically and culturally sustainable.
Compared to many other countries, Norway has limited areas of arable land. Safeguarding food production requires strong soil protection measures, combined with better utilization of available farmland.However, soil conservation must be balanced against other requirements. Facing future challenges, therefore, requires a comprehensive soil protection strategy.
2017-09-06: At the same time when ICARDA brings back to the Seed Vault 7 511 samples from last years multiplication of seeds at their stations in Lebanon and Morocco, 52 451 seeds samples, initially sent to the Svalbard from their gene bank in Aleppo, Syria, is now on their way back for reconstructing new complete gene bank collections at these two new locations.
2017-06-28: Norway will collect around 20,000 samples of various deer species in 2017 to map the extent of the contagious Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Norway's Agriculture and Food Minister Jon Georg Dale says that it is high time that other countries follows Norway's example, and is calling on the EU Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis to ensure that countries bordering Norway now carry out a comprehensive deer animal mapping of their own.
2017-04-20: Today, The Norwegian Minister of Agriculture and Food Jon Georg Dale and Chinese Minister Zhi Shuping signed a protocol to regulate quarantines and health requirements for the export of genetic material from the 'Norwegian Red' breed of dairy cattle (NRC) from Norway to China.