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THE ECONOMY - AGRICULTURE

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

Supergrasses to feed the UAE’s livestock

Posted on 26/07/2005

Scientists working to reduce agricultural water consumption are bringing new grasses into commercial production. Take the Dhaid highway and you pass a frontline in the Middle East's struggle against the desert. In the space of a few miles you will see date farms at every stage of their apparently inarrestible progress from verdant grove to grid of stumps — the point by which the farmer will have already started the whole process again elsewhere. The cycle is accelerating. Farmers must now ...  >>MORE

Sunflower cultivation in UAE a major success

Posted on 11/07/2005

The UAE has made headway in cultivating sunflower in its drive to achieve food security. Bani Yas Centre for Experiments and Researches, affiliate of the Department of Municipalities and Agriculture, conducted experiments on six species of sunflower and succeeded in cultivating the French variety. The sunflower will soon be grown on nationals' farms in large quantities to benefit from it as an important economic crop. Rashid Bin Rasas Al Mansouri, Director of the Agricultural Guidance and ...  >>MORE

Breakthrough in rice cultivation

Posted on 11/06/2005

A local farmer has made a breakthrough in rice development in sandy soil, giving a promising future to large-scale cultivation in the country. It was the biggest surprise in the life of Ahmed Khalfan Sultan Al Suwaidi, a policemen by profession, to see his dream come true. As the performance of growing paddy without the usual flooding of the fields was explained by him, this breakthrough may solve the problem of rice imports which is talk of the town these days. Holding long rice ears in his ...  >>MORE

Travelling Workshop in Biosaline Agriculture

Posted on 02/05/2005

Participants of a Travelling Workshop for Capacity Development in Project Implementation visited several salt-affected farms in central and northern agricultural districts of the UAE. They visited the joint Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and ICBA demonstration plots in Ras Al-Khaimah of forages (sorghum, pearl millet, barley fodder beet, and several species of salt-tolerant grasses) grown with salty water. Dr Abdullah Dakheel, the Project Coordinator, from ICBA accompanied the visitors ...  >>MORE

Study on Agricultural Renaissance released

Posted on 30/04/2005

The Information Affairs Office of Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister has published a study entitled "The Agricultural Renaissance". The study highlights the role of President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in the agricultural sector in the United Arab Emirates, as a main pillar in comprehensive development. It underlines the agricultural development in the UAE and its strategic dimension represented in achieving food security. Sheikh Khalifa says: "food ...  >>MORE

Al Raqbani explores cooperation with Arab Agricultural Organization

Posted on 15/04/2005

Saeed Mohammed Al Raqbani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries has discussed in Dubai with Dr. Salem Al Lozzi, director general of the Arab Agricultural Development Organization, ways of enhancing cooperation between the UAE and the AADO. They also explored the efforts exerted by the Organization in Arab countries in the context of agricultural activities, especially in the UAE. The meeting was attended by Rashid Khalfan Al Shraiqi, Under Secretary of the Ministry Abdullah Ahmed bin Abdul ...  >>MORE

Al Ain farmers get loans worth Dh 21.2 million over two years

Posted on 08/04/2005

Total loans extended to farmers in Al Ain reached Dh 21.2 million over the past two years, according to official figures. Statistics released by the Department of Municipalities and Agriculture in Al Ain showed that there were 12,000 farms in Al Ain, 1,943 green houses and 41,949 wells (with only 29,990 operating). 'These farms employed 2,608 workers including 623 nationals, 529 Arabs and 1,456 other nationalities,' the statistics said. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Crop area increases

Posted on 04/04/2005

The Al Ain Department of Agriculture and Livestock (Aadal) exported 63,390 tonnes of vegetables worth Dh126,893 in 2004 following an increase in the crop area through drip irrigation to 450.72 hectares covering 11,603 farms. It also exported 843.77 tonnes of Rodos fodder from its five projects — Al Dhahra, Al Kerayyah, Al Arad, Al Oja and Wahat Al Sahraa — to various GCC destinations. Its agricultural loans division disbursed loans for agriculture machinery, fertilisers and pumps, to the ...  >>MORE

Bumper harvest in Al Shams

Posted on 26/03/2005

A farmer harvests lettuce near Al Shams village in Ras Al Khaimah. Good rain has resulted in a bumper crop this year. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

Afforestation week activities inaugurated

Posted on 21/03/2005

The Department of Municipalities and Horticulture marked on Sunday the afforestation week activities under the sponsorship of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Head of the department Khalfan Ghaith Al Mouhairrabi lauded the unlimited support of the UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the afforestation activities to conquer the desert in the country. Currently there are 40 million ...  >>MORE

Agriculture Minister issues resolutions on coconut, pet animals imports

Posted on 22/02/2005

Saeed Mohammed Al Raqbani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, yesterday issued two resolutions which deal respectively with the imports of coconut palms and domestic animals. Resolution 40 has amended the Ministerial order 39 for 1991 on banning imports of coconut palms or saplings from the countries in which cases of red weevil infestation were registered. The resolution has excluded laboratory - tissue cultured or stem-less saplings. Such saplings will, however, be tested to ensure ...  >>MORE

'Interest in organic agriculture growing'

Posted on 05/10/2004

Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Saeed Mohammed Al Raqbani on Monday said the UAE was interested in new agricultural techniques that could boost yield without adversely affecting the environment and human health. The minister, who was addressing a scientific workshop on organic agriculture in the capital, said there was a growing interest in organic agriculture all over the world due to increasing awareness of the harmful effects of conventional farming on the environment, ecosystem ...  >>MORE

UAE cultivated area extends over 0.89m acres

Posted on 19/09/2004

Despite its extreme aridity, nutrient-poor soil and high summer temperatures, the UAE's cultivated area now extends over 2.7 million donums (891,089 acres) which supports more than 40 million date palms, together with various types of fruits and vegetables. Although, the agriculture sector faces several challenges and obstacles due to its climatic conditions and soil not suitable for cultivation, the government has supported farmers in the form of reclamation and distribution of agricultural ...  >>MORE

UAE-AGRICENT expands as E-agriculture trendsetter

Posted on 29/08/2004

In a bid to facilitate access to information on economic development, agricultural and food security issues in the Middle East, the United Arab Emirates' Agricultural Information Centre (UAE-AGRICENT) is embarking on a new strategic phase to tap information resources in the region and make them readily available to local, regional and, eventually, worldwide users, according to a press release from the United Nations. A recent visit to FAO headquarters by UAE agricultural officials and ...  >>MORE

Dubai e-Government signs MoU to boost Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries

Posted on 09/08/2004

Dubai e-Government and the UAE Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, MAF, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at the re-engineering of MAF's services using cutting edge technology and business process reengineering expertise of Dubai e-Government. Under the terms of the MoU, the Ministry will set up an exclusive taskforce to oversee the development, supervision and execution of the reengineering project as well as provide documentation support. Working closely with the taskforce, ...  >>MORE

How green is this valley!

Posted on 06/08/2004

Referred to as 'Oasis City of the Arabian Gulf' with its millions of trees and lush green vegetation, Al Ain is a pleasant surprise From a mere cluster of small villages, Al Ain has metamorphosed into a well-planned modern city witnessing fast-track development in all fields, with an emphasis on agriculture, greening and tourism. The city is referred to as 'Oasis City of the Arabian Gulf' with its millions of trees and lush green vegetation. The seeds of this green revolution were sown by ...  >>MORE

Raqbani praises Zayed for boosting agriculture

Posted on 04/08/2004

The personal care and the sponsorship of the green revolution of President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan have helped the UAE to become self-sufficient in agriculture, animal and fisheries production, Minister of Agriculture Saeed bin Mohammed Al Raqbani said. "We are proud that Sheikh Zayed is the sponsor of the green revolution in the country. Because of his personal care, the UAE has achieved great strides in the field of agriculture development so that the greenery has ...  >>MORE

Al Raqbani underlines need to control weevils

Posted on 25/07/2004

Saeed Mohammed Al Raqbani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, presided over a meeting with his Ministry's top officials yesterday that discussed various farming issues. Al Raqbani told the meeting that farm production in the UAE had reached high levels, thanks to the attention paid by H.H. President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to the agriculture sector. The meeting reviewed reports on agricultural services and the need of various farming and fishery sectors for loans for the upcoming ...  >>MORE

Agriculture Ministry launches information gate

Posted on 18/07/2004

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries yesterday launched its in-house information gate in a move designed to minimize paper-processing time and reduce the cost. Saeed Mohammed Al Raqbani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, said upon the launching ceremony that his ministry is a pioneer in launching such an integral service for its staff. "The in-house information gate will provide our staff with an easy access to all services and data with the objective of upgrading efficiency and ...  >>MORE

UAE to draft GCC livestock accord with its suppliers

Posted on 11/07/2004

The GCC Animal Wealth Committee has entrusted the UAE to draft an agreement between the GCC and its major global suppliers of livestock and related products. Khalfan Al Suwaidi, Head of Veterinary Quarantine Section at UAE Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, said the UAE drafting committee would look into conditions, regulations and restrictions of each GCC member state and come out with a common blueprint. He also said the UAE had been authorized to design a card for the movement of horses ...  >>MORE

UAE has become a model for agricultural development: Hamdan

Posted on 08/06/2004

The agriculture, fisheries and animal sector contributed 4 per cent to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2003, according to Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Deputy Ruler and UAE Minister of Finance and Industry. 'The value of contribution of the sector was Dh9.3 billion last year, Sheikh Hamdan told a symposium on biosaline agriculture: Challenges and Opportunities, organised by the International Centre for Bioslaine Agriculture (ICBA). 'The UAE model for turning the desert into ...  >>MORE

Arable land in the UAE increases

Posted on 09/05/2004

The UAE's efforts to increase arable land has borne fruit. The number of farms in the Central Agricultural Region rose to 6,076 by the end of last year with 19,000 hectares of new areas coming under the plough. Abdullah Al Mullah, Director of the region, said they are striving to achieve sustainable agricultural and animal development. Around 2,000 farms are using modern irrigation system to cultivate fruit, fodder and vegetables crops. "Adopting modern technology, the region employed tissue ...  >>MORE

UAE anti-desertification drive 'most successful project in Arab world'

Posted on 08/05/2004

A big part of the UAE can be transformed from a barren wasteland into an oasis of date palms if the greening programme is accelerated. Dr Abdulouhhab Zaid, Chief Technical Advisor and Director of the Date Palm Research and Development Programme in the UAE, was quoted by a Gulf News report yesterday as saying. "Date palms are conquering the desert in a way that has never been done before," Dr Zaid said, adding that the UAE's anti-desertification drive was among the most successful conservation ...  >>MORE

Agriculture Ministry's three-year strategic plan on farm research

Posted on 22/04/2004

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has finalised a three-year strategic plan on agricultural research to find practical solutions for obstacles faced by the sector. The comprehensive plan is based on a four-point programme. The first stage consists of research and experiment on palm trees, dates and fruit, the second is research on fodder, pastoral and wild plants, the third is for long-term experiments on agricultural diseases and the fourth is research on protected agriculture, or ...  >>MORE

UAE calls for optimal use of water

Posted on 23/03/2004

Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Saaed bin Mohammed Al Raqbani said on Monday that a recently formed ministerial panel for water at the GCC level would play a major role in orchestrating the efforts of its member states in respect of water. In an address marking the GCC Water Conservation Week today, Raqbani said the agricultural development in the UAE was proceeding forward in the path of a comprehensive economic development, the most salient features of which, he added, were the several ...  >>MORE

UAE bans birds imports from Canadian Province of British Columbia

Posted on 15/03/2004

Saeed Mohammed Al Raqbani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries issued yesterday a decision, banning import of all kinds of birds and their products from the Canadian Province of British Columbia. "The decision was taken as a precautionary measure following reports provided by WHO to the Ministry on emergence of birds flu cases in that province” said the ministerial decision. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi sees great strides in farm sector

Posted on 02/03/2004

Ruler's representative in the Western region and Chairman Abu Dhabi Municipality Sheikh Mohammed bin Butti Al Hamed has said that the number of agriculture farms in the emirate has grown to 11,500, and the area brought under farming has also increased to 271,500 donums, following the initiatives taken to bring green revolution in the country. Speaking at the tree plantation ceremony under the '24th Afforestation Week', here in the capital, Sheikh Mohammed bin Butti Al Hamed attributed the ...  >>MORE

Flowers bloom at garden fair as Sharjah steps up greenery drive

Posted on 02/03/2004

In a bid to promote awareness of greenery and parks, Sharjah Municipality yesterday inaugurated the first Flower and Garden Fair at Al Majaz Park near Khalid Lagoon. The exhibition is part of the UAE's 24th Afforestation Day observances and has been organised under the slogan 'Agriculture, Life and Civilisation'. It was inaugurated by Sheikh Abdullah bin Salim Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Ruler's Court and Chairman of Sharjah Municipality. Thirty-two companies dealing in the ...  >>MORE

Producers say demand for poultry slumps

Posted on 16/02/2004

Domestic demand for poultry products have gone down by up to 30 per cent owing to the bird flu scare. However, local poultry farm owners said the market reaction is unwarranted given the quick reaction from authorities, stringent border controls and regular inspections of poultry farms by veterinary officials. Imports of chicken from 10 Asian countries were banned soon after news of the bird flu outbreak was publicised. "The producers as well as the authorities are taking all precautions to ...  >>MORE

UAE signs treaty on plant resources

Posted on 13/02/2004

Saeed Al Raqbani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, on Wednesday said that the UAE's joining of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources (ITPGR) affirmed the attention paid by the country for the preservation of plant resources and utilising them in a sustainable way. Raqbani said that the UAE joined the treaty after the President, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, issued a Federal Decree No. 7 of 2004 approving the country's entry to the treaty The new ...  >>MORE

UAE bans import of livestock, products from Indonesia

Posted on 07/02/2004

In a bid to keep bird flu at bay, imports of livestock and their products from Indonesia have been banned. Rashid Mohammed Khalfan Al Shariqi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, issued an administrative decision following reports of bird flu outbreak in Indonesia. Al Shariqi ordered the director of the Animal Wealth Department to implement the decision, in coordination with related local authorities. The decision was based on a report issued by the Paris-based ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi green cover thrice the size of Singapore

Posted on 03/02/2004

A massive greening drive launched by Abu Dhabi nearly three decades ago has expanded the area of forests to more than 2,000 square kilometres - more than thrice the size of Singapore. The huge green cover has given birth to scores of wildlife reserves, according to an official report. The green area is set to increase further in the coming years as the emirate is pushing ahead with an ambitious project, for which billions of dirhams have been allocated. By the end of 2003, the area of ...  >>MORE

UAE bans import of birds, eggs from Vietnam

Posted on 12/01/2004

The United Arab Emirates has banned the import of all species of living birds and eggs for hatching from Vietnam. A decision to this effect was issued today by Saeed Mohammed Al Raqbani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, following information from the World Organisation for Animal Health that bird flu cases had been detected in Vietnam. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Scientists tap marine resources for agricultural development

Posted on 04/01/2004

UAE government scientists are now looking to the sea to boost agriculture. Among the work carried out by plant experts at Abu Dhabi Municipality is a study into marine plants to find out which ones could be used as fodder on farms. They have also conducted various experiments on improving the resilience of plants so that they can withstand the high level of salinity. This comes after news that some farmers, especially on the east coast, are finding problems with their water supplies as a ...  >>MORE

Raqbani reviews agricultural cooperation with Australian officials

Posted on 31/12/2003

Saeed bin Mohammed Al Raqbani, Minister of Agricultural and Fisheries, yesterday met here with Kim Chance Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Western Australian Government, who is visiting the UAE. They reviewed bilateral ties and ways of enhancing them in agricultural, animal husbandry and fisheries. They also discussed ways of activating the Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries on livestock and benefiting from Australia's expertise in fisheries and food ...  >>MORE

UAE gives paramount importance to sustainable development: Says Al Madfa

Posted on 12/12/2003

Minister of Health, Hamad Abdul Rahman Al Madfa, who is leading the UAE delegation to the 9th Conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, affirmed that the UAE gives paramount importance to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change based on its existing policies that contribute to the international efforts aimed at achieving prosperity for the mankind within sustainable development policies laid down by President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al ...  >>MORE

FAO chief praises UAE agricultural development

Posted on 03/12/2003

Dr. Jacques Diouf, Director-General of the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), hailed yesterday the agricultural development in UAE under the leadership of H.H. President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. He also appreciated Sheikh Zayed's efforts in spreading greenery and in combating desertification. The FAO chief made his remarks during a meeting with Saeed Mohammed Al Raqbani, UAE Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, at the sideline of the 32nd session of the FAO's ...  >>MORE

UAE lifts ban on accompanying pets from India

Posted on 30/11/2003

Accompanying pets from India, banned from entering the UAE since 1994, will now be allowed into the country. Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Saeed bin Mohammed Al Raqbani yesterday issued a ministerial decree, lifting the ban, which was imposed by decree no. 181 of 1994, prohibiting the importation in to the UAE all pets from India, including dogs, cats and rabbits, etc. The decree said that accompanying pets from India will be allowed into the UAE only if a pre-importation permit was ...  >>MORE

UAE self sufficient of some farming produce

Posted on 15/11/2003

The UAE has achieved self-sufficiency of some farming produce, notably dates and fishes, according to Saeed Mohammed Al Raqbani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries. " We are 100 per cent self sufficient of dates and fishes and 58 per cent of vegetables," said Al Raqbani in an interview with the " Al Baladiyat " magazine. He told the periodical publication in its recent issue that, meat and poultry meet 31 per cent and 17 per cent respectively of the country's needs. " The UAE produces 83 per ...  >>MORE

Farming share in GDP posts 6.5 per cent rise

Posted on 19/10/2003

London - The UAE agricultural sector's share in the non-oil Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was 6.5 per cent, or ten billion dirhams, in 2001, according to Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Saeed Mohammed Al Raqbani. He said the UAE is highly ranked among Arab and countries in growing palm trees and producing dates. "The number of palm trees grown has risen to over 40 million, producing 73 quality species," Al Raqbani told the 13th student forum of the UAE Students Union in UK and Ireland ...  >>MORE

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UAE agriculture plays vital role in economic growth


Supergrasses to feed the UAE’s livestock


Sunflower cultivation in UAE a major success


Breakthrough in rice cultivation


Travelling Workshop in Biosaline Agriculture


Study on Agricultural Renaissance released


Al Raqbani explores cooperation with Arab Agricultural Organization


Al Ain farmers get loans worth Dh 21.2 million over two years


Crop area increases


Bumper harvest in Al Shams


Afforestation week activities inaugurated


Agriculture Minister issues resolutions on coconut, pet animals imports


'Interest in organic agriculture growing'


UAE cultivated area extends over 0.89m acres


UAE-AGRICENT expands as E-agriculture trendsetter


Dubai e-Government signs MoU to boost Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries


How green is this valley!


Raqbani praises Zayed for boosting agriculture


Al Raqbani underlines need to control weevils


Agriculture Ministry launches information gate


UAE to draft GCC livestock accord with its suppliers


UAE has become a model for agricultural development: Hamdan


Arable land in the UAE increases


UAE anti-desertification drive 'most successful project in Arab world'


Agriculture Ministry's three-year strategic plan on farm research


UAE calls for optimal use of water


UAE bans birds imports from Canadian Province of British Columbia


Abu Dhabi sees great strides in farm sector


Flowers bloom at garden fair as Sharjah steps up greenery drive


Producers say demand for poultry slumps


UAE signs treaty on plant resources


UAE bans import of livestock, products from Indonesia


Abu Dhabi green cover thrice the size of Singapore


UAE bans import of birds, eggs from Vietnam


Scientists tap marine resources for agricultural development


Raqbani reviews agricultural cooperation with Australian officials


UAE gives paramount importance to sustainable development: Says Al Madfa


FAO chief praises UAE agricultural development


UAE lifts ban on accompanying pets from India


UAE self sufficient of some farming produce


Farming share in GDP posts 6.5 per cent rise