ISLAMABAD (APP) - The Europe-Aid Director for Asia and Central Asia, Dirk Meganck has stated that European Union will continue its support for combating rising food prices and ensuring food security in Pakistan. 'Pakistan is a great country, a great nation with a great potential and a large population but it is also a country affected by big problems, big calamities while the greatest calamity has been the recent floods, he said. Addressing a large gathering of small-scale farmers belonging to Farmer Interest Groups at Village Karsal in district Chakwal, he said, the ones who have suffered the highest in this country are those living in the rural areas amounting 60 to 70 per cent of the population and the people living in these rural areas contribute greatly to the economy. Earlier, the delegation was warmly welcomed and presented cultural Turbans and gifts by the farmers, said a news release issued here on Friday. Lauding the role of the implementing partners, Food and Agriculture Organ-isation (FAO) and World Food Progra-mme (WFP), Meganck expressed his pleasure to see the funds of 40 million Euros have been utilised properly and help rebuild communities and to provide a sustainable environment. 'Our purpose is to support and help build your communities especially when they are affected by such calamities, he stated. Later, he distributed large quantities of wheat seed, fertilisers and winter vegetable seeds among the small-scale male and female farmers of village Karsal. The purpose of these distributions is to ensure that timely Rabi planting takes place in the flood-hit areas of the country where the standing crops over 2.4 million hectares got washed away by the recent disastrous floods. The Rabi package distribution is a part of the 40 Million Euros Food Facility Project which aims at combating the rising food prices in the country. As a part of the European Union Food Facility (EUFF) initiative, the bene-ficiaries including small-scale farmers owning two to four hectares of land and the women who head households are receiving the Rabi Package which includes a 50kg bag of wheat seeds, a 50kg bag of urea, 50kg DAP and vegetable seeds for tomato, turnip, spinach and peas, to produce adequate grain for their household consumption. EUFF is being implemented by FAO United Nations and WFP since May 2009 and it currently supports over 161,000 households of small-scale farmers in 17 most food vulnerable districts. In Punjab it focuses districts Chakwal, Multan, Dera Ghazi Khan and Sahiwal. Talking to the media the National Project Manager EUFF, Dr Faiz-ul-Bari said the main purpose of the project is to increase sustainable food security for the most vulnerable households in food deficient areas of Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa Balochistan. 'We are endeavouring to increase staple food availability, increase productivity as a result of improved irrigation/water harvesting structures, provision of storing facilities and agricultural tools, strengthened productive capacities and local governance, he said. He said that in addition to the EUFF, FAO will support over 500,000 households with agriculture inputs during the current Rabi season, over 214,000 households with livestock veterinary and feed support while over 19,000 households will benefit from rehabilitation and repairs to the irrigation structures.