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THE ECONOMY - AGRICULTURE

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

The Ministry of Environment and Water close to issue bylaws of organic agriculture law in UAE

Posted on 15/08/2010

Ministry of Environment and Water has announced it is close to issue the bylaws of the organic agriculture in the UAE to regulate the organic farms in the UAE as per the federal law number five of year 2009. The ministry has addressed all the municipalities and competent local authorities on a proposal to locate a day weekly for marketing the local organic products and setting up a unified permanent fixed fair. The ministry currently supervises over 35 registered farms. It encourages farmers ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi in drive to stop desertification

Posted on 09/08/2010

Abu Dhabi has launched a fresh drive to expand green areas within an ongoing programme intended to block desertification and protect its environment. The Abu Dhabi Municipality is carrying out the project which involves the plantation of more trees and the erection of new grass and plant windbreaks inside and outside the city of more than one million people. In a study published in its al Aseema magazine, the Municipality estimated the area of windbreaks and plantations on streets, ...  >>MORE

UAE to have 40 organic farms by June 2011

Posted on 03/08/2010

The UAE has 13 organic farms at present and is planning to have 23 more by June 2011, raising to 40 the total number of organic farms in the country. Thirteen organic farms registered with the Ministry of Environment and Water up to the half of the current year, an increase of 25 per cent over the same period last year, Eng. Mansour Al Mansouri, Director of Agricultural Development at the Ministry said. "We will commence work in next September to transform 23 conventional farms into organic ...  >>MORE

Zayed's proverbs inspire FAO policies

Posted on 17/06/2010

Rome - Abdul Aziz Nasser Al Shamsi, UAE Ambassador to Italy and Permanent Representative to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), discussed yesterday with the FAO Director-General, Dr Jacques Diouf, arrangements for holding the FAO general conference in May 2011 and opening of the FAO Resident Office in Abu Dhabi. UAE's active contributions and engagements in international development aid and efforts for fighting poverty were also touched during the meeting. The FAO chief said the ...  >>MORE

Dubai gets greener by 27 million plants in 2009

Posted on 05/03/2010

Twenty seven million flowering plants were planted throughout Dubai in 2009 meaning the Emirate is getting greener every year according to Dubai Municipality a week before the start of IPM DUBAI 2010, the Middle East's only event dedicated to the horticultural industry. Dubai Municipality has also confirmed its plans for 2010 and 2011 to increase green areas in Dubai by 4 per cent per year, open new parks and provide more landscaping. Its aim is to add to the current 6 major parks and 76 ...  >>MORE

Campaign in Abu Dhabi to remove randomly grown trees

Posted on 24/01/2010

The Municipality of Abu Dhabi City said it is proceeding with a campaign rolled out last week to remove randomly grown trees in various areas of Abu Dhabi, particularly in residential areas, villas and roadsides with the aim of safeguarding the beautiful appearance of the capital city, promoting environmental safety, and the public health of population. The campaign, which is set off from Al Khalidiyah, Al Manaseer and Embassies areas and continues to cover all areas of Abu Dhabi city, came ...  >>MORE

UAE Spirulina farm first for Middle East

Posted on 26/07/2009

The UAE will be home to a spirulina farming project, the first of its kind in the Middle East, to be overseen by a United Nations body fighting against malnutrition across the globe. The plan is to cultivate spirulina, the blue-green algae known to be a rich source of energy and nutrients, for local consumption and export to poor African countries. Remigio Maradona, Director General of the Intergovernmental Institution for the use of Micro-algae Spirulina Against Malnutrition, ...  >>MORE

UAE continues to put brake on organic fertilisers imports

Posted on 11/06/2009

The Ministry of Environment '&' Water is still pressing ahead with a decision issued in 20 September 2005 to revoke licenses for import of organic fertilisers. A statement released by the Ministry yesterday said the local production of organic fertilisers, processed and traded under its supervision, "satisfies the growing demand of the farmers in the UAE." The Ministry denied in the statement a news report published last Friday in Al Bayan newspaper, claiming that it had allowed import of a ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Polymers builds artificial grass yarn facility in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 08/01/2009

Abu Dhabi Polymers Park yesterday announced that construction is underway and on schedule for its first industrial plot in Mussafah ICADIII. The first factory will host Bonar Emirates Technical Yarns LLC, a joint venture between Abu Dhabi Basic Industries Corporation (ADBIC) and Low and Bonar PLC, the international performance materials manufacturer. As part of its first phase, the joint venture, signed in April 2008, will establish a manufacturing plant for the production of artificial ...  >>MORE

Organic farming acreage likely to double

Posted on 03/11/2008

Area under organic cultivation in the UAE is set to double this year in the backdrop of the increasing support and encouragement from the UAE government agencies in order to promote the sector. Total area under organic farming will be increased to 3,000 acres as the demand for natural food products is on the rise, said experts. They said the focus on organic farming has come at a time when the market for organic and natural food products have started picking up in the UAE as well as in the ...  >>MORE

UAE sows the seeds of sustainability

Posted on 03/10/2008

The UAE, it is safe to say, has never had green fingers when it comes to homegrown crops. With freshwater supplies scarce and available farmland scarcer, the Emirates has faced a constant battle to feed its soaring population. Imported goods have satisfied the diverse tastes of UAE nationals and expats, with at least 85 per cent of food now eaten here grown on foreign soil. Now it seems there is no going back as efforts are stepped up to buy plots of land abroad to plug the country's ...  >>MORE

Al Qudra Holding in a major land acquisition push

Posted on 27/08/2008

In a major land acquisition move, the Al Qudra Holding is trying to acquire over 400,000 hectares of agricultural land in the first quarter of next year. The move made through its agricultural arm, Al Qudra Agriculture, signals the company's strategy to heavily invest on a global level in the agricultural produces. The company presently owns 1500 hectares of agricultural land in Morocco and Algeria. The company plans to meet the increased global demand for agriculture products by way of using ...  >>MORE

UAE adopts international best practices in agricultural research

Posted on 26/08/2008

The UAE will continue to tap expertise and experiences of international organisations and adopt international best practices in agricultural research to upgrade and modernise its farming sector, according to H.E. Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water. The minister said more attention would be given to saline agriculture to cope with shortage of water for irrigation in the country. Speaking during an inspection tour of vegetables research stations and nurseries in Dibba ...  >>MORE

UAE, Ireland discuss agro cooperation

Posted on 13/03/2008

The United Arab Emirates and Ireland stressed the need for boosting two-way cooperation as well as exchanging expertise, in the field of organic agriculture in particular. This came at a meeting on Wednesday in Abu Dhabi between UAE Environment and Water Minister Dr Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahd and Irish Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Mary Coughlan who is leading a delegation on a current visit to the UAE. The two ministers also discussed the latest developments as well as resolutions ...  >>MORE

Municipality launches agricultural projects

Posted on 06/03/2008

A number of agricultural and aesthetic projects were launched by Dubai Municipality on Wednesday. Trees will be planted in the Umm Al Shief street, Al Thaniya and Al Quoz garden lake as part of Dubai Municipality Afforestation Week on March 28. The launching was attended by Abdullah Rafei, Assistant Director General of the Dubai Municipality Department for Environment and Public Health Affairs. Parts of the project will be the expansion of a 5.1 hectare green area, where 527 trees will be ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi organic farm wins global recognition

Posted on 21/02/2008

The first internationally recognised organic farm has been certified in Abu Dhabi by the Food and Agriculture Organisation and the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements. Spread over five hectares, the Abu Dhabi Organic Farm has been a work in progress for about two years and finally received full certification in December 2007. Organic produce grown on the farm will include tomatoes, mushrooms, cabbage, carrots, cucumbers and herbs as well as strawberries, mango and honey. ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Zayed pledges his support to organic agriculture in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 10/12/2007

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, confirmed here on Sunday his unconditional support to the overall agricultural progress in the UAE. He attributed this success to the Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan's vision to keep agriculture in the UAE as organic and pure. Sheikh Mohammed also referred to Sheikh Zayed's repeated phrase 'give me agriculture and I shall give you civilisation'. He also stressed ...  >>MORE

UAE chairs Arab Organisation for Agricultural Development meeting

Posted on 16/05/2007

Cairo - The UAE chaired Monday the 31st meeting of the executive council of the Arab Organisation for Agricultural Development (AOAD). Addressing the opening session here, Dr. Mohammed Saeed Al Kindi, UAE Minister of Environment and Water, said Arabs needed to coordinate efforts to fend off the danger of bird flu which he added is aggravating day by day. 'Agriculture is one of the key sectors that need special care as the Arab World is bracing for a new economic alliance - the customs ...  >>MORE

Farmers reap what they sow

Posted on 15/04/2007

Farmers in the valleys and mountains of Ras Al Khaimah are celebrating the success of the wheat harvest in the same way their forefathers have for centuries. Families gather together at a joyous ceremony, showing their pleasure at another turn of the cycle of life and the passing of the seasons. In addition, the harvest signifies that efforts before, during and after the rainy season were not in vain. "The wheat harvest has been an important part of the economic, cultural and ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to celebrate green fingers at 27th Tree Planting Week

Posted on 04/03/2007

The 27th Tree Planting Week, a UAE event celebrated nation-wide, will start today along Abu Dhabi Corniche in Abu Dhabi City. Patronised by General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the Department of Municipalities and Agriculture (Abu Dhabi Municipality) will launch the event at the waterfront under the theme "Agriculture is the Lung of the City". Senior officials of the Department of Municipalities and ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi has 100,000 water wells

Posted on 28/02/2007

It is estimated that about 100,000 water wells exist in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. However, these wells had been drilled in the absence of regulatory control, were unregistered and data about them was lacking. The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) has now commissioned GTZ/Dornier Consortium to register more than 10,000 wells, located in Al Ain and Liwa. This comes in line with one of EAD's main responsibilities to manage the Emirate's groundwater resources. In a press conference held ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Zayed appoints ADCOA board members

Posted on 25/11/2006

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces has issued a resolution forming the board of directors of Abu Dhabi Centre for Organic Agriculture (ADCOA). The resolution no. 50 for 2006, appoints Rashid Khalfan Al Shareefi as Chairman of ADCOA's board of directors. Other members include Majid Ali Al Mansouri, Ali Hilal Al Naqbi, Ahmed Ismael Al Hossani, and Thani Ahmed Thani Al Muhairi. Khalid Butti Al Shamsi has been ...  >>MORE

UAE shops for animal fodder in Spain

Posted on 14/11/2006

The UAE wants to import 600,000 tonnes of dried alfalfa and has sent a delegation to Spain to discuss terms of a tender, industry sources said yesterday. Alfalfa is high in protein and fibre and is used as fodder for goats, sheep and dairy cows in Spain and also for camels in the country. The deal, if it came off, would absorb almost a third of Spain's production. Spain produces some 2 million tonnes of dried alfalfa a year, either as pellets or in bales, and typically exports between 10 and ...  >>MORE

UAE achieves food security and fights hunger worldwide

Posted on 16/10/2006

The United Arab Emirates has , in spite of the harsh climate and dry weather conditions, achieved food security and is being able to locally produce enough crops and food to cater for all the food needs of people living in this Gulf country, said UAE Minister of Environment and Water Dr. Mohammed Saeed Al Kindi. Speaking on the occasion of the World Food Day which comes this year with the theme "Investing in agriculture for food security", Al Kindi said the UAE leadership's belief in the ...  >>MORE

UAE researchers reproduce perished wild plants in Western Region

Posted on 03/09/2006

Researchers in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi have managed to give a new lease of life to a collection of wild plants which almost became extinct by million years of desertification and erosion spells. Foresters working at the 'Deer Valley project' launched by the Gardens Section, Western Region Forestry Department, have succeeded in propagating the perished plants following extensive scientific studies and long experiments. A report issued by the Department said that the project located ...  >>MORE

UAE achieves significant strides in agro-development

Posted on 14/06/2006

The UAE has made significant strides in the area of environmental conservation and agricultural development, said Dr. Mohammed Saeed Al Kindi, Minister of Environment and Water. In his inaugural speech at the "Urea and Agricultural Development" workshop which opened in Abu Dhabi yesterday, Al Kindi said the UAE had succeeded in striking a balance between environmental conservation and developmental needs in a way that made the country a model worth emulating. Al Kindi added that the UAE ...  >>MORE

UAE marks afforestation week next Saturday

Posted on 18/03/2006

The UAE will observe next Saturday the 26th Afforestation Week under the them 'Together for a Green Environment' under instructions of President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and patronage of General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. The Department for Agriculture and Municipalities in Abu Dhabi has prepared a number of activities and programmes to celebrate the occasion. The Al Wathba Park on the Abu ...  >>MORE

Resolution to regulate livestock grazing in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 08/02/2006

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council has issued a resolution on the executive regulations of the law number 13 for 2005 on organising grazing of livestock in the emirate. According to the regulations, a committee shall be formed by the concerned authority to organise grazing and shall be headed by a representative from that authority. Representatives from the grazing ...  >>MORE

Agro-invention by two UAE nationals set to revolutionise agricultural sector

Posted on 21/01/2006

An agro-invention by two UAE nationals is set to revolutionise the agricultural sector in the country by effectively and fundamentally curbing the ever-growing problem of desertification, it was revealed here today. The "Alternative Soil" invention by two UAE engineers, Hadi Al Mansouri and Khalid Mubarak Saeed is considered as a major break-through in the science agrology. It is crucial for the agricultural development of the country not only because it will curb desertification but also ...  >>MORE

Dubai gets greener as initiative yields fruits

Posted on 27/12/2005

Dubai is getting greener with a number of trees and varieties of shrubs dotting its landscape, according to a study by the Dubai Municipality. The study, done by the statistics centre in the corresponding period between 2000 and 2004, revealed the increase in the green area in Dubai from 4,598,788 square metres to 6,102,645 square metres, according to a report in The Gulf Today. Of these, grass area increased from 3,641,874 square metres to 4,720,678 square metres, ground covers from 743,897 ...  >>MORE

UAE promotes organic farming

Posted on 11/12/2005

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is pursuing organic farming as an environmentally friendly alternative to the method used currently. "The soil here is very fragile and harsh at the same time. When you add fertiliser to sandy soil, it just drops right down to the water table and contaminates it,” said Dr Riad Obaidi, who is in charge of the ministry's organic unit. "However, we also have to be especially careful about pesticides in the UAE, as they don't break down in sandy soil ...  >>MORE

Hamed bin Zayed: UAE has converted the desert into self-sufficient farms

Posted on 10/12/2005

Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Planning and Economy Department, and Chairman of General Authority for Health Services in Abu Dhabi stated on Wednesday that the UAE has, through the perspective of late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, converted the desert into self sufficient farms in various agricultural products which were consumed locally and exported abroad. "The agricultural sector is as important as any other sector in the country, because it contributes ...  >>MORE

UAE, Australia discuss agricultural co-operation

Posted on 16/11/2005

Saeed Mohammed Al Raqbani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, in Dubai yesterday with Jeremy Bruer, Australian Ambassador on ways to further boost co-operation between the UAE and Australia in various agricultural domains, especially in the field of veterinary and agricultural quarantines, as well as fisheries. During the meeting, Al Raqbani reiterated the importance of benefiting from the Australian expertise in developing the work of the veterinary and agricultural quarantines and ...  >>MORE

UAE made tremendous achievements in agricultural development

Posted on 27/09/2005

Saeed Mohammed Al Raqbani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries said that the UAE has made tremendous achievements in agricultural development under the leadership of the founder of the UAE and the patron of agricultural progress in the country, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan adding that the country is following the same approach under the leadership of President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, noting the current increase in the green belt. In a press release ...  >>MORE

Agricultural research station begins experimental switch to organic farming

Posted on 24/09/2005

The Al Humraniyah Agricultural Research Station in Ras Al Khaimah began yesterday the switch from chemical -dependent agriculture to organic farming. Saeed Al Bogham, who heads the station, said the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has lately finalised this ambitious national project. He explained that agriculture in the UAE will no more use chemicals, and the station started the necessary arrangements for the implementation of the new project and selected land on which the project will ...  >>MORE

Khalifa sets up farmers support fund

Posted on 21/09/2005

President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan yesterday issued, in his capacity as Ruler of Abu Dhabi, a law, establishing the fund for the support of farm owners in Abu Dhabi. The law number 26 for 2005 stipulates that a fund be established to administer financial support to the farms owners in the emirate. It shall be an independent body that reports to the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court. The fund's mandate is to provide financial grants to the farm owners through wise investment of ...  >>MORE

UAE funding global research

Posted on 20/08/2005

The UAE has been providing significant funds to help conduct research aimed at using saline water resources for irrigation purposes in many countries, a top agricultural expert has said. "The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and the UAE University in Al Ain are key players in the efforts to overcome shortage in water resources needed for irrigation," said Dr Mohammed Hassen Al Attar, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director-General of the International Saline Agriculture Centre. ...  >>MORE

Fujairah-Al Ain water pipeline begins operation

Posted on 16/08/2005

The pipeline transporting water from Fujairah to Al Ain has started operations yesterday for irrigation of farms in Sih Harz and Al Ajban. The step is being taken in line with wise police of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to provide means of decent living to all citizens and in keeping with the directives of President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces ...  >>MORE

Municipality drills wells for farmers

Posted on 14/08/2005

The Municipalities and Agriculture Department at the Abu Dhabi Municipality completed the drilling of 850 water wells in the Western Region over the past few months. The wells are for UAE nationals who own farms in the Western region. The move is part of a national project. Engineer Rashid Mohammad Ali Bin Rasas Al Mansouri, Director of the Abu Dhabi Agriculture Department, said sustainable development in any place in the world depends on the availability of water resources. Water pumps have ...  >>MORE

UAE agriculture plays vital role in economic growth

Posted on 10/08/2005

Agricultural achievements in the United Arab Emirates are among the most significant and commendable feats of the country. According to a report, agriculture accounts for approximately four per cent of the UAE's GDP and agriculture production, including fisheries, livestock contribute more than Dh9 billion in the economy of the country. The UAE economy continues to grow rapidly due to high oil prices and due to success of other sectors including manufacturing, real estate and tourism. ...  >>MORE

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Abu Dhabi seeks to reduce usage of water, fertilizers


The Ministry of Environment and Water close to issue bylaws of organic agriculture law in UAE


Abu Dhabi in drive to stop desertification


UAE to have 40 organic farms by June 2011


Zayed's proverbs inspire FAO policies


Dubai gets greener by 27 million plants in 2009


Campaign in Abu Dhabi to remove randomly grown trees


UAE Spirulina farm first for Middle East


UAE continues to put brake on organic fertilisers imports


Abu Dhabi Polymers builds artificial grass yarn facility in Abu Dhabi


Organic farming acreage likely to double


UAE sows the seeds of sustainability


Al Qudra Holding in a major land acquisition push


UAE adopts international best practices in agricultural research


UAE, Ireland discuss agro cooperation


Municipality launches agricultural projects


Abu Dhabi organic farm wins global recognition


Mohammed bin Zayed pledges his support to organic agriculture in Abu Dhabi


UAE chairs Arab Organisation for Agricultural Development meeting


Farmers reap what they sow


Abu Dhabi to celebrate green fingers at 27th Tree Planting Week


Abu Dhabi has 100,000 water wells


Mohammed bin Zayed appoints ADCOA board members


UAE shops for animal fodder in Spain


UAE achieves food security and fights hunger worldwide


UAE researchers reproduce perished wild plants in Western Region


UAE achieves significant strides in agro-development


UAE marks afforestation week next Saturday


Resolution to regulate livestock grazing in Abu Dhabi


Agro-invention by two UAE nationals set to revolutionise agricultural sector


Dubai gets greener as initiative yields fruits


UAE promotes organic farming


Hamed bin Zayed: UAE has converted the desert into self-sufficient farms


UAE, Australia discuss agricultural co-operation


UAE made tremendous achievements in agricultural development


Agricultural research station begins experimental switch to organic farming


Khalifa sets up farmers support fund


UAE funding global research


Fujairah-Al Ain water pipeline begins operation


Municipality drills wells for farmers


UAE agriculture plays vital role in economic growth