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THE ECONOMY - AGRICULTURE

Khalifa Fund plans to promote agriculture

Posted on 04/09/2013

The Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development has launched a programme called "Ziraai” to support citizens working in the agricultural sector by providing training and marketing services, and giving interest-free loan of up to Dh1 million to each farmer. The programme, which is in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Farmers' Services Centre, was held under the guidance of Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of ...  >>MORE

Sustainable farming ideas spread across UAE

Posted on 22/08/2013

A Dubai agriculture centre is increasing its reach in improving farming practices across the region to reverse damage caused by climate change. Launched two years ago, the Dh22 million project by the International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture has taught 750 farmers from eight Middle East countries about improved farming and aims to reach another 750 in the coming year. "The objective is to spread into more farming communities in terms of number, quality and intensity on the farm," said Dr ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi announces winter crop plan for next season

Posted on 14/08/2013

The emirate expects a 51 per cent increase in local vegetable production during the upcoming farming season compared with the last season, the Abu Dhabi Farmers' Services Centre (ADFSC) announced on Monday. It will be a 206 per cent increase in production compared with the 2012 season, the centre announced. The next season begins in November and ends in October 2014. The centre has made winter crop plans for fields and greenhouses in all three regions of the emirate — Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to host first Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture

Posted on 22/07/2013

Abu Dhabi is to host the inaugural Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from 3rd-5th February, 2014. Held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, and in strategic partnership with the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA), the Forum will be the world's first gathering of innovators, investors and companies dedicated to showcasing new ideas and solutions for ...  >>MORE

Research centre to help Abu Dhabi farmers boost crops

Posted on 14/07/2013

Farmers will be able to discover the latest techniques to help increase their crops at a new research centre due to be up and running by next year. The Baniyas Centre for Agricultural Research, set up by the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority and the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi, will introduce developments in greenhouse, hydroponic and soil-less farming. "The centre will help us determine what we already have in the country and use the latest technologies to have better production," said ...  >>MORE

Dubai to become Middle East’s first city to shift to solar irrigation

Posted on 02/05/2013

Dubai is on track to become the first city in the Middle East to use solar energy to irrigate landscaped roundabouts. The Dubai Municipality has already started irrigating 35 such roundabouts using a solar pumping system. "We are planning to change the entire irrigation system to solar. The implementation of the plan is likely to start within six months and we are also talking to private companies for the projects, each of which will have different technical requirements,” Marwan Mohammad, ...  >>MORE

Potato Farmers are planning to increase production in the UAE

Posted on 24/04/2013

Abu Dhabi Farmers' Services Centre (FSC) aims to triple the quantity of locally produced potatoes to nearly 2,500 tonnes this year from less than 900 tonnes last year, on 45 farms in the Western Region, Al Ain and Abu Dhabi. "We harvested 1,200 tonnes of potatoes so far this year, and for next year we plan to increase it to 3,500 tonnes a year," said Martin Aguirre, commercial and operations director of the FSC. The 2012-2013 growing season marks the third year of an FSC programme in which ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to convert all farm waste into compost to support farming

Posted on 16/04/2013

About 300,000 tonnes of farm waste annually will be turned into compost fertilisers according to a project launched by the Centre of Waste Management (CWM) in Abu Dhabi. The plan is to convert most organic waste from farms into compost that will help improve agriculture, said a senior official from the centre. To encourage farmers to send their organic waste to compost factories in the emirate, the centre has announced several measures. It will conduct awareness programmes among farmers and ...  >>MORE

Effort to cut UAE farms' water use in half

Posted on 07/04/2013

Farming authorities plan to cut agricultural water use in the Western Region almost in half. The Farmers' Services Centre, the government body that aims to modernise Abu Dhabi farms, has more than doubled the number of farms with water-saving irrigation systems through its Efficient Irrigation Fund. More than 680 additional farms in the Western Region have received new irrigation systems to cut water use since last year, bringing the total to almost 1,200. "We are supplying every farm in the ...  >>MORE

Emirati farmers show interest in organic vegetables

Posted on 01/04/2013

Emirati farmers are showing keen interest in the cultivation of organic vegetables as the Abu Dhabi Farmers' Services Centre (ADFSC) attracts them to its demonstration fields in Al Ain. The centre has successfully cultivated tomatoes and sweet corn at its fields in the west Salamat district, said James Thompson, the Field Crops Unit Head at the ADFSC. "This type of farming needs a different management plan but Emirati farmers have a strong interest in it,” he said. It is a step by step ...  >>MORE

MoEW urges soilless culture

Posted on 24/03/2013

The Ministry of Environment and Water recently organised a field awareness day to urge farmers to increase product through growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without soil, a method known as hydroponics. Theoretical and practical on-field training was given to 25 farmers in the Central Region areas to teach them using controlled environment systems, controlling nutrition levels, cooling and pest control, according to Assistant Undersecretary of MoEW for Agricultural and ...  >>MORE

UKAS accredits UAE's Plant Health Laboratory

Posted on 10/03/2013

The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) has accredited the Ministry of Environment and Water's Plant Health Laboratory for testing, separating and diagnosing fungal diseases of mango trees, Dr Rashid Ahmad bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, has announced. The accreditation, he said, was based on ISO/IEC 17025:2005 which specifies the general requirements for the competence to carry out tests and/or calibrations, including sampling. It covers testing and calibration performed ...  >>MORE

Municipality of Abu Dhabi City celebrates 33rd Forestation Week

Posted on 05/03/2013

Khalifa Mohammed Al Mazroui, General Manager of the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City has stated that celebrating the Forestation Week is a recognition of the mega efforts and great successes achieved by the UAE in expanding green spaces, parks and recreational facilities that have turned the cities into green gardens and contributed to achieving the agricultural and environmental successes, and culminating the pioneering ideas and generous contributions of our prudent leadership. In his speech ...  >>MORE

ADFSC plans more local Farmers Markets in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 14/02/2013

Following the success Shahama farmers market, the Abu Dhabi Farmers Service Centre (ADFSC) is planning to open similar markets for farm produce in more residential areas soon, which will help residents to buy fresh produce directly from local farmers. The Shahama market operates every Friday, from 4 pm to 10 pm, where Emirati farmers sell fresh vegetables, dates, eggs, honey and live birds directly to customers. Farms across Abu Dhabi grow some 42 kinds of vegetables and fruits, with cucumber ...  >>MORE

Taste of local harvest catches on in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 13/02/2013

Abu Dhabi residents can now purchase fresh produce directly from local farmers thanks to an initiative by a government agency. The Abu Dhabi Farmers Service Centre (ADFSC), which is behind the farmers market in Shahama on Fridays, is working on ways to open similar outlets for farm produce in more residential areas soon, an official spokesman of ADFSC told Gulf News. Emirati farmers could be seen selling fresh vegetables, dates, eggs, honey and live birds directly to customers at the market ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi explores wheat cultivation in the emirate

Posted on 24/01/2013

Plans are underway for wheat cultivation in Abu Dhabi in addition to a number of other crops, a senior official told Gulf News on Wednesday. As part of a research project, about 100 varieties of wheat used for the production of flour used to make bread were cultivated in Al Ain region in early November last year, and the initial results were positive, Mohammad Jalal Al Reyaysa, director of communication and community service at Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA), said. The research ...  >>MORE

UAE certification sheds light on organic products

Posted on 06/12/2012

The UAE's niche organic market continues to grow slowly after the recent certification of imported organic foods and UAE organic farms by the Emirates Authority and Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA). The scheme mandates that all certified organic products must have a certification logo so that customers can be certain that it is really organic. Currently, 17 farms in the UAE have been certified, and six are being certified, according to Eng Nadim Al Fuqaha, managing director of Global ...  >>MORE

Date palms make up 98 percent of fruit trees and Rhodes fodder grass 94 percent of field crops: SCAD

Posted on 22/10/2012

Statistics Centre - Abu Dhabi (SCAD) issued yesterday a bulletin on "Agricultural Land Uses 2012", including the latest statistics on the uses of agricultural land in all regions of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in 2011, and also highlighting developments in the components of the agricultural sector, with the aim of providing a comprehensive database of the sector that conforms to international recommendations. SCAD commended the full cooperation of Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority in the ...  >>MORE

UAE aquaponics project hailed as a success

Posted on 24/09/2012

A year after it was set up, the world's largest aquaponics centre has started to sell salad crops to supermarkets across the UAE and will market its fish in one year's time. Set up with a grant from the Khalifa Fund, the Dh4 million project combines traditional fish farming with a system that uses their waste as fertiliser for hydroponic vegetable tanks. The Baniyas centre, located in the Zayed Higher Agricultural Centre for Development and Rehabilitation in Abu Dhabi, has so far produced 10 ...  >>MORE

Cash loan boost for farms

Posted on 19/05/2012

Al Tharwaniya - Farmers in Al Gharbia who have slowly been converting to hydroponics - which allows them to grow fruit and vegetables using less water and energy - are now being offered loans to help them make the switch. Yafour Al Hameli, a farm owner in Al Tharwaniya, is in the process of converting. "I've had this farm since 1997," he said. "Using hydroponics will help me grow more food with less water For the past year and a half, Mr Al Hameli has been growing almost 30 tonnes of tomatoes ...  >>MORE

Green awakening through farming

Posted on 18/03/2012

Liwa - An Emirati farmer has been happily ploughing back the returns from his farm into new crops ever since he started farming 16 years ago. Mubarak Khalid Al Qubaisi, 55, strongly believes that farming is not just about making a profit but that farmers have a divine obligation to feed present and future generations. But he is sad that many of his fellow countrymen, especially educated youngsters, do not understand the importance of farming. The Abu Dhabi Farmers Service Centre (ADFSC), ...  >>MORE

New Technology that saves water in Abu Dhabi farms

Posted on 13/03/2012

A new technology that supplies regular and sufficient amount of water to the roots of vegetables is used by the Abu Dhabi Farmer's Service Centre (ADFSC) in the Western Region to irrigate farms in the region. With the new technology using 'in line drip irrigation pipes' water is supplied along the irrigation line so that the roots receive an equal amount of water. In fact, these pipes release less water which is the basic requirement for a vegetable to grow properly, Ahmad Omar Ali, Field ...  >>MORE

Authority aims to boost UAE farm productivity

Posted on 26/02/2012

Farming, a centuries old human practice, has been getting latest technological inputs for enhanced productivity around the globe, experts on Wednesday told Emirati farmers, encouraging them to use appropriate tools for better results. Farmers, farm owners and agricultural experts from across the country were attending the Second Agricultural Exhibition that opened on Thursday at the Al Ain Convention Centre. The four-day event conducted by the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA), is ...  >>MORE

Agricultural exhibition will show farms how to go green

Posted on 15/02/2012

Next week's Agricultural Exhibition, run by the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority, will give scores of companies the chance to persuade farmers that their technologies will save money and resources. "Our ambition is that renewable energy techniques ... become common practice in all farms across the emirate," said Mubarak Al Mansouri, the authority's director of agriculture. "Renewable energy can be used in many different ways on a farm, like in light traps to kill pests, atmospheric water ...  >>MORE

Research on to develop new fodder

Posted on 15/01/2012

In a move to develop indigenous salinity–resistant fodder, the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) has embarked on a new research project in association with the UAE University's Faculty of Food and Agriculture. As part of the project, around 150 gene types of wild plants that grow naturally in the UAE with varying degrees of salinity will be studied in comparison to the Rhodes grass. The move is part of the authority's efforts to support food security policies in the emirate and aims ...  >>MORE

Irrigation system to save 80% water

Posted on 10/10/2011

An irrigation system of gravel and pipes that run 60cm below the surface of the ground is showing positive results for growing lush grass with just 2.5 litres of water per square metre — compared to the usual requirement of ten to 12 litres. At a pilot plot on Yas Island, even more water savings have been recorded when growing indigenous drought-tolerant shrubs such as halophytes. The plot, loaned by Aldar, is the testing ground for seeing how little water can be used to grow various ...  >>MORE

New initiative aims to raise share of local farm products

Posted on 09/10/2011

The UAE residents can expect more locally-produced fruits and vegetables in the market, thanks to a new initiative in Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi has already announced its plan to increase the market share of local produce to 40 per cent in the next five years from the current share of about 15 per cent. Sometimes farms in Abu Dhabi become non-operational or fall into disrepair when owners do not get enough time to oversee the farm, because many farm owners are living far away from their farms. ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi targets 25% reduction in agricultural chemicals by 2013

Posted on 14/09/2011

The Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) has said the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides in agriculture will be reduced by 25 per cent in the emirate by 2013 as part of a sustainable agriculture strategy. Officials of the ADFCA and Farmers Service Centre (FSC) also announced on Tuesday that they plan to increase the market share of local produce to 40 per cent in the next five years. They also reiterated a plan announced in October last year to reduce water consumption by 40 per ...  >>MORE

Popularity of greenhouse farming options on the rise

Posted on 25/07/2011

The agricultural landscape witnessed a 15 per cent increase in organic greenhouse farming last year in the UAE as farmers are being urged to move away from traditional farming techniques and go in for water-saving options. Farming in greenhouses helps save water by reducing evaporation in hot temperatures and also gives organic farming a boost as crops can be better monitored. According to the Ministry of Environment and Water, over the last four years, the total area of organic farms ...  >>MORE

Sharjah lab at the front line of biosecurity

Posted on 24/05/2011

Scientists at a seed and soil laboratory in Sharjah are attacking plant diseases at their roots. Inaugurated in February, the Plant Health Laboratory at the Ministry of Environment and Water is helping farmers to improve their crops with systems to kill parasites that could infect the roots of plants. A team of four specialists at the lab is seeking to increase biosecurity and food safety in the UAE. "It is vital to protect our agriculture from diseases, locally and from abroad, because they ...  >>MORE

Capital eyes sustainable greenhouses

Posted on 23/05/2011

The Abu Dhabi Farmers' Services Centre (FSC) has entered into an agreement with consultancy firm Anexo Emirates on Sunday for the testing and gradual implementation of G-Earth, an innovative technology for self-sustainable greenhouses. The initiative is aimed at reaching significant water and energy savings for hundreds of farmers in the UAE. G-Earth is an innovative combination between renewable energy and water extraction technology. The concept shows an independent, all-embedded ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi grant for farmers from August

Posted on 11/05/2011

Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) will begin disbursing government grants to farmers in the emirate from August 1 as part of the restructured agricultural support programme. The new agricultural support programme assumes critical importance as the payment will now be made to the farmers only if they complied with all the rules and regulations governing the preservation of water resources and the modernisation of farming in the emirate. Mohammad Jalal Al Reyaysa, Director of ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority launches agriculture campaigns in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 09/05/2011

The Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) has announced the launch of an agricultural campaign in line with the strategic plans of the Emirate for the year 2030. A major step in ADFCA's efforts for boosting agricultural productivity and crop quality in the emirate, the campaign aims to motivate farmers to adopt best practices for better protection of cultivable lands and the environment, betterment of the quality and quantity of agri-crops and resultant economic returns and reduction of ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi makes strides in agriculture, says BBC

Posted on 08/05/2011

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in one of its recently aired flagship programmes, "Middle East Business Report”, highlighted the great strides made by the Abu Dhabi in the sphere of agriculture after Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) took responsibility of the sector. The BBC programme, prepared after visits to farms in the Western Region as well as to ADFCA, drew attention to the ways in which best international practices are implemented to reduce dependence on scarce ...  >>MORE

UAE's agriculture policy on right track -- Diouf

Posted on 15/03/2011

As the number of hungry people in the world reaches nearly one billion — a problem exacerbated by climate change, floods, droughts, earthquakes and political unrest — the top United Nations agriculture official said yesterday the UAE's agricultural policy is on the right track in its contributions to global food security. Civilisation "We commend the UAE for always having a vision as far as food security is concerned. Sheikh Zayed used to say ‘give agriculture and I'll give you ...  >>MORE

Efforts are on to establish seed bank in Sharjah: Sultan

Posted on 10/02/2011

Preparations for establishing a seed bank in Sharjah are in full swing, according to H. H. Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council member and Ruler of Sharjah. 'Efforts are now concentrating on collecting seeds of wild plants and depositing them at the Millennium Bank of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, one of the world's leading botanic gardens, until Sharjah readies its own seed bank,' Sheikh Sultan said during a meeting with participants in the 12th International Workshop ...  >>MORE

UAE strives to promote local farm goods at home, says New York Times

Posted on 23/01/2011

New York Times highlighted the UAE's efforts to promote local farming and products from the estimated 38000 farms, most of which are in Abu Dhabi. Most of the estimated 38,000 farms in the U.A.E. are in Abu Dhabi, which accounts for more than two-thirds of the country's total area and has a history of planting trees and cultivation, according to a report by Vinita Bharadwaj of the New York Times. It noted that a 2007 decree shifted responsibility for Abu Dhabi's agricultural sector to the ...  >>MORE

Ajman farmer leads the way in hydroponics

Posted on 11/01/2011

A small farm in Ajman is working to determine the best way to use hydroponic technology to grow fruit and vegetables while saving water and energy. Mohammed al Naeemi, the farm's owner, believes that constant experimentation is key. So when the Ministry of Environment and Water in 2008 asked him to convert a greenhouse on his farm to hydroponic growing, he accepted. Under the method, plants are fertilised with mineral nutrient solutions and the irrigation water is recycled. A little more ...  >>MORE

UAE has hydroponic farms: Bin Fahad

Posted on 29/11/2010

Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, hydroponic farm in Ras Al Khaimah. Hydroponics is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without soil. Terrestrial plants may be grown with their roots in the mineral nutrient solution only or in an inert medium, such as perlite, gravel, mineral wool, or coconut husk. The minister viewed the farming techniques used to produce vegetables like cucumber, tomato, Lettuce, pepper, egg plants, carrot ...  >>MORE

Agriculture, livestock and fisheries sector is key to food security: Report

Posted on 14/11/2010

The agriculture, livestock and fisheries sector is one of the primary sources which the Government of Abu Dhabi focuses on developing, in order to achieve food security; and to raise its contribution to GDP. However, this contribution has decreased continually during the period (2004 2008), as it dropped from 2.4% in 2004 to 0.8% in 2008, but it moved up to more than 1% of GDP in 2009, according to the Annual Economic Report on Commodity Activities issued by the Department of Economic ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi seeks to reduce usage of water, fertilizers

Posted on 24/10/2010

In its restructuring agriculture strategies, the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) has targeted the reduction in water consumption by 40 per cent and use of fertilizers by 25 per cent in the agriculture sector of the emirate by the end of 2013, Mubarak Ali Al Qusaili Al Mansouri, Executive Director, Agriculture Affairs, ADFCA said. The agriculture-related policies, strategies and plans of the ADFCA, aim to achieve environmental sustainability and help promote the emirate-wide development ...  >>MORE

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Khalifa Fund plans to promote agriculture


Sustainable farming ideas spread across UAE


Abu Dhabi announces winter crop plan for next season


Abu Dhabi to host first Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture


Research centre to help Abu Dhabi farmers boost crops


Dubai to become Middle East’s first city to shift to solar irrigation


Potato Farmers are planning to increase production in the UAE


Abu Dhabi to convert all farm waste into compost to support farming


Effort to cut UAE farms' water use in half


Emirati farmers show interest in organic vegetables


MoEW urges soilless culture


UKAS accredits UAE's Plant Health Laboratory


Municipality of Abu Dhabi City celebrates 33rd Forestation Week


ADFSC plans more local Farmers Markets in Abu Dhabi


Taste of local harvest catches on in Abu Dhabi


Abu Dhabi explores wheat cultivation in the emirate


UAE certification sheds light on organic products


Date palms make up 98 percent of fruit trees and Rhodes fodder grass 94 percent of field crops: SCAD


UAE aquaponics project hailed as a success


Cash loan boost for farms


Green awakening through farming


New Technology that saves water in Abu Dhabi farms


Authority aims to boost UAE farm productivity


Agricultural exhibition will show farms how to go green


Research on to develop new fodder


Irrigation system to save 80% water


New initiative aims to raise share of local farm products


Abu Dhabi targets 25% reduction in agricultural chemicals by 2013


Popularity of greenhouse farming options on the rise


Sharjah lab at the front line of biosecurity


Capital eyes sustainable greenhouses


Abu Dhabi grant for farmers from August


Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority launches agriculture campaigns in Abu Dhabi


Abu Dhabi makes strides in agriculture, says BBC


UAE's agriculture policy on right track -- Diouf


Efforts are on to establish seed bank in Sharjah: Sultan


UAE strives to promote local farm goods at home, says New York Times


Ajman farmer leads the way in hydroponics


UAE has hydroponic farms: Bin Fahad


Agriculture, livestock and fisheries sector is key to food security: Report


Abu Dhabi seeks to reduce usage of water, fertilizers