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THE ECONOMY - AGRICULTURE

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

Winter flowers blossom in summer

Posted on 21/09/2003

Winter flowers have started to blossom in Dubai's summer and the improbable task was achieved by the Public Parks and Horticulture Department of the civic body thanks largely to its intensified beautification campaign. A total of 300,000 square metres was added to Dubai's greenbelts in the past four to five months in preparation of the ongoing annual meetings of the boards of governors of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group (Dubai 2003), Ahmed Mohammed Abdulkarim, ...  >>MORE

Ministry finalises three-year strategic plan on farm research

Posted on 15/09/2003

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. Saeed Mohammed Al Raqbani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, said the comprehensive plan is based on a four-point programme and will be implemented in coming weeks. The first stage consists of research and experiment on palm trees, dates and fruit, while the second is research on fodder, pastoral and wild plants. ...  >>MORE

New levies imposed on imports of live animals

Posted on 15/09/2003

Saeed Mohammed Al Raqbani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, has issued a ministerial decision imposing new fees on imports of live animals, eggs and goldfish. Under the decision, a fee of Dh200 will be levied for each consignment of less than 5,000 goats or sheep. A fee of Dh500 will be collected for importing more than 5,000 head of goats and sheep. For importing cows and camels, a fee of Dh200 will be levied for less than 500 head, and Dh500 for more than that. The import fee for eggs ...  >>MORE

Desert loses ground to green revolution in UAE; strategy on wildlife bears fruit

Posted on 13/09/2003

Record progress has been made in the conservation and protection of the environment and wildlife thanks to the increasing attention by the country to the agricultural development, a senior UAE minister said. Hamad Abdul Rahman Al Madfa, Health Minister and Chairman of the Federal Environmental Agency (FEA), said he was proud of the UAE's impressive success in agriculture, afforestation and combating desertification. Speaking to WAM on Tuesday after the award-giving ceremony of GCC Best ...  >>MORE

UAE's 'intelligent irrigation' project gets Ford backing

Posted on 13/09/2003

An academic seeks to develop an 'intelligent irrigation' system by using sensors to ensure enough water is provided to plants at the right time. For his aim to optimise the use of water in agriculture in arid areas using high-tech sensors, Dr Tareq Al Zabet, of the UAE University in Al Ain, recently received assistance from Ford Grants in recognition of his pioneering work. Dr Al Zabet's water conservation project was among a large number of environmental and conservation projects rewarded ...  >>MORE

Ministry bans import of live animals, farm materials

Posted on 13/09/2003

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has imposed a ban on a range of imported agricultural materials and live animals, in a bid to prevent the spread of diseases in the country. Customs officers in Abu Dhabi have been notified of updated restrictions via a memorandum from the undersecretary of the ministry, Engineer Rashid Khalfan Al Shariqi. It included the list of prohibited items, including various food products, certain live animals as well as some fertilisers, fodder, and veterinary ...  >>MORE

Animals will now need health cards for treatment

Posted on 09/09/2003

Animals treated at the Central Veterinary Hospital in Al Wathba area are to get health cards for the first time. The initiative was taken by the Abu Dhabi Municipality and Town Planning Department to encourage and increase animal wealth. The hospital, an arm of the municipality, has started issuing health cards to all animal owners in Abu Dhabi. An account of all animal owners in Abu Dhabi has been prepared by the hospital. The account includes the numbers and type of each chicken, goat, cow, ...  >>MORE

Centre to use saline water agriculture to increase palm tree population

Posted on 09/09/2003

The International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) in cooperation with the UAE University is employing a new method by using salt water to increase palm trees in the country. Dr Mohammed Hassan Al Attar, Director General of the centre, said the method is being used for the first time in the Arab region, considered to be the most water-scarce area in the world. Using saline water in agriculture will help save precious fresh water resources. The project is being implemented with the ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi, the green metropolis of the Gulf

Posted on 06/09/2003

Dubbed The Green City of the Gulf, Abu Dhabi has been turned from a barren dry land to a vast green field during the last three decades. Dozens of parks, road and highway side greenery and afforestation projects have completely changed the city's landscape. Today, Abu Dhabi and its neighbouring areas have public parks, having a variety of colourful floral and shrub plants. The credit for this goes to the Agriculture Section at Abu Dhabi Municipality and Town Planning Department under the ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi slashes fertilizers prices

Posted on 27/08/2003

Prices of fertilizers produced by the Abu Dhabi Compost Plant have been drastically cut. A tonne of bagged fertilizers previously sold for Dh 430 is now priced at Dh 260 while a tonne of loose fertilizers, once fetching Dh 400, is to be sold at Dh 230. In slashing the prices the plant was acting on instructions of Sheikh Mohammed bin Butti Al Hamed, the Ruler's Representative in the Western Region and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Municipality and Town Planning Department. The move aims at ...  >>MORE

Biodegradable soil additive promises to revitalise farming

Posted on 24/08/2003

A biodegradable super-absorbent soil additive promises to be a boon to agriculture in the UAE. It also offers good news to gardening enthusiasts even in the sweltering summer heat. Field demonstrations showed that when the soil additive is used in a garden or a farm, it helps save up to 50 per cent of irrigation water by slowly releasing it to the roots. It also helps in turf and plant growth and combating soil erosion, its promoters say. The technology, invented in Germany, is being ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Municipality unveils new agricultural plan

Posted on 13/08/2003

The Abu Dhabi Municipality and Town Planning has unveiled a new agricultural policy that will be more responsive to the needs of the farmers in Abu Dhabi emirate. In a statement to WAM today, Sheikh Mohammed bin Butti Al Hamed, The Ruler's Representative in the Abu Dhabi Western Region and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Municipality and Town Planning said the new plan would focus on encouragement of farmers to increase production and providing them with their needs to achieve that objective. New ...  >>MORE

Move underway to use endangered flora to combat desertification

Posted on 12/08/2003

Experiments to grow endangered desert plants in Dibba to keep the desert at bay are showing signs of progress, said experts. Environmentalists said the new division for flora and biological control at the Dibba Fruit Research Station has embarked on an ambitious scheme to grow desert plants like 'Al Sider', 'Al Samar' and 'Al Ghaf' with the aim of using them to control the encroachment of desert. Experts at the station believed that by planting these species, endemic to the region, they will ...  >>MORE

Plant diversity in UAE comes under twin threat

Posted on 12/08/2003

Invasive plant species and overgrazing are the most serious threats to plant diversity in the UAE, according to research by the UAE University (UAEU). The study also found the potential of exotic trees for affecting wild plants in the country, saying exotic species adversely affect the ecosystem. "Some alien tree species used in afforestation cause major problems as invaders of natural and semi-natural ecosystems. The magnitude of the problem has increased significantly over the past few ...  >>MORE

Big rise in farm output

Posted on 10/08/2003

Despite the harsh climate and barren desert soil, the UAE's cultivated areas now spread over 2.7 million donums. According to Dr Saeed Mohammed Al Raqbani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, the farsightedness of the President, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and his personal supervision of agriculture had resulted in the remarkable agriculture development witnessed by the country during the past decades. "The UAE has made tangible accomplishments in the field of ...  >>MORE

Dhaid farmers all smiles as bumper date harvest nears

Posted on 05/08/2003

Dhaid farmers in the central region of Sharjah are happy that the date yield will be higher this year. More farms are growing dates this year because of the price hike by the government to encourage farmers to grow the fruit. "Old date farms which were earlier neglected are being farmed again," Abdullah Al Mualla, Director of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, told Gulf News. Dhaid is the largest date producer in the UAE. There are 113 varieties of dates, but only 77, which are of ...  >>MORE

UAE surges ahead in Arab farm production

Posted on 27/07/2003

Massive investments have allied with sound agricultural planning to turn the UAE into one of the biggest agricultural producers in the Arab world although it has one of the harshest lands and climates. The UAE now ranks fifth among Arab farm exporters, second in imports and the top regional country in per capita share of the agricultural sector, according to official Arab estimates. Its farm exports totalled around US$1.59 billion in 2001, covering vegetable and fruit, cereal, meat, eggs, dairy ...  >>MORE

UN conference hails UAE reclamation of arid land

Posted on 19/07/2003

The UAE's efforts to reclaim arid land for agricultural use were praised during a United Nations conference on desertification in Abu Dhabi. The conference, which focused on Asia and the sub-continent, allowed delegates to review progress on the UN Convention to Combat Desertification. They heard that desertification now threatens 40 per cent of the world's agricultural land, across more than 180 countries. However, the UAE was hailed as an example of good practice and was shown to have made ...  >>MORE

Imports of many agricultural materials come under ban

Posted on 16/07/2003

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has banned imports of several agricultural materials - even sand and natural soil - in a bid prevent the spread of diseases which could threaten productivity on farms. Engineer Mohammed Mousa Abdullah, head of the Agricultural Quarantine Section at the ministry, said the UAE was taking the measures in line with other GCC states. The movement of goods from other GCC countries is also tightened. The list of prohibited items includes organic fertilisers ...  >>MORE

Lush farm grows greener without use of chemicals

Posted on 12/07/2003

In a remote desert strip in the Eastern region, a green farm stands in sharp contrast to the lifeless yellow sand. Externally, it is like other farms that are used by the UAE to fight desertification and achieve food self-sufficiency, but what makes it stand out among those farms is that it does not use any chemicals. Al Heer farm, set up in 2001 by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the President's office, relies completely on organic fertilisers produced from wasted crop and ...  >>MORE

RAK farmers seek natural reserve for beehives

Posted on 06/07/2003

A survey has highlighted the need to set up a natural reserve for beehives. The number of beehives in the mountains has dropped alarmingly, affecting the business of UAE national farmers. A reserve is, therefore, needed to boost production of natural honey. The season to draw honey begins in April, but production has been scant until now. A national specialist said a massive number of bees have died. A sizeable number of nationals from the mountainous areas collect natural honey, which is ...  >>MORE

Largest desert botanical garden coming up

Posted on 04/07/2003

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has recently announced the establishment of the largest Desert Botanical Garden in the region. The garden will be located within the Agricultural Research Station in Dibba in Fujairah. In the UAE, where desert forms 75 per cent of the total area, the Natural Flora Desert Botanical Garden, slated to be the largest of its kind in the Arab world, is one of the many efforts by the ministry to use country's limited resources to establish successful ...  >>MORE

UAE plan to develop a super-sheep

Posted on 20/06/2003

In a remote farm in Bani Yas, several sheep species have been housed inside an enclosure under the supervision of specialists. The sheep are not for cloning but for cross-breeding, to produce an improved version, with more meat and milk. The farm is run by the Abu Dhabi Municipality and sheep species from the UAE, other Arab countries, Switzerland and many other farm producers are gathered together in the 1,150 square meter enclosure surrounded with grass and trees planted for this purpose. ...  >>MORE

UAE 30pc self-sufficient in farm produce

Posted on 17/06/2003

The UAE's agricultural development experience has earned the country international acclaim and placed it among a few countries that have managed to turn the desert into an oasis. International experts in agriculture and ecology, who recently visited the UAE to take part in an international conference on desertification here, lauded the country's successful agricultural development which they described as unique, according to a report in "Khaleej Times.” "The UAE, originally an arid country, ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi water highly saline - study

Posted on 14/06/2003

A large portion of irrigation water in Abu Dhabi is highly saline and unfit for agriculture as per the standards of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), a recent scientific research has disclosed. The level of salinity is also very high in irrigation water in Al Ain that further increases when added with soil. The study has rated just 3.77 per cent of the water as the good source for irrigation. The FAO, a Rome-based UN specialised agency for worldwide agricultural promotion, has set a ...  >>MORE

Asian Ministerial meeting ends with issuance of Abu Dhabi Declaration

Posted on 12/06/2003

Asian ministers in charge of environment wrapped up their second ministerial conference on UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in Abu Dhabi yesterday with the adoption of the Abu Dhabi Ministerial Declaration prior to its submission to the international anti-desertification conference scheduled to be held in Havana in August. They also ratified the Abu Dhabi Initiative on land degradation, water scarcity and anti-desertification. The Abu Dhabi Declaration calls on developed ...  >>MORE

Asian Ministerial Conference on desertification kicks off; Zayed: UAE able to cohabit with environment

Posted on 11/06/2003

President H.H Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan has said that since the outset, UAE has realised the close relationship between the environment and development. In an inaugural address at the second Asian Ministerial Conference on UN Convention to combat Desertification in Abu Dhabi yesterday, which was read on his behalf by Health Minister Hamad Abdul Rahman Al Midfa'a, the President reiterated that UAE had been very keen on taking into account environmental considerations in carrying out ...  >>MORE

Delegates to the sixth regional meeting agree on final declaration

Posted on 10/06/2003

Delegates to the sixth regional meeting of Asian Focal Points on anti-desertification agreed yesterday on a final declaration which will be presented to the ministerial meeting for final endorsement. The document, to be presented to the international anti-desertification conference due to be held in Havana in August this year, has stressed the dangers posed by desertification. "Desertification is a great menace in that it leads to degradation of land and makes it not only unproductive but ...  >>MORE

UN releases desertification report on West Asia to mark UAE meeting

Posted on 09/06/2003

The Secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has released a report on desertification in West Asia on the occasion of the UAE's hosting of the second ministerial meeting of member states of the Organisation. The meeting, which opened yesterday under the auspices of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, ends on Wednesday. The report said that desertification was one of the major problems threatening the future of mankind due to its direct ...  >>MORE

FEA briefs desertification meet on UAE draft strategy

Posted on 08/06/2003

The Federal Environmental Agency (FEA) yesterday briefed the sixth Regional meeting of Asian Focal Points for Desertification, currently in progress here, on UAE's draft national strategy and action plan for fighting desertification and maintaining replenishable natural resources. The draft document is pending the approval of the National Committee for Fighting Desertification, which will meet soon for this purpose. Upon approval, the document will be referred to the higher authorities for ...  >>MORE

Regional meeting of Asian Focal points on desertification starts session

Posted on 08/06/2003

Nearly 40 per cent of the world's agricultural land has been seriously degraded and threatened by desertification, a UN official told an international conference discussing desertification in Asia yesterday in Abu Dhabi. Hama Arba Diallo, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention for Combating Desertification (UNCCD), said this in his inaugural speech at the opening of the first preparatory meeting for the Second Asian Ministerial Conference on UNCCD's Implementation, at Beach Rotana ...  >>MORE

Agriculture ministry to boost tissue culture laboratory

Posted on 07/06/2003

Saeed Mohammed Al Raqbani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, has confirmed that the ministry will continue working on a programme to further develop the tissue culture lab, in order to boost production of saplings, particularly palm tissue nurseries. Al Raqbani was quoted by the Arabic language daily, Al Khaleej, as saying that the ministry is also continuing its efforts towards training and rehabilitating nationals and using modern technology in the field of agricultural production. ...  >>MORE

UAE pursues costly drive to combat desertification

Posted on 02/06/2003

The UAE, which will host a global anti-desertification conference next week, is pushing ahead with an expensive afforestation programme to achieve self-sufficiency in most farm products. The drive is spearheaded by President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, a vehement proponent of agriculture and winner of several international awards in environment. The campaign is intended to pump life into the lifeless desert, protect the environment, stop desertification, expand farming ...  >>MORE

Agriculture Ministry bans import of birds from Belgium

Posted on 04/05/2003

Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Saeed Mohammed Al Raqbani yesterday issued a decree banning the import of all kinds of live birds and hatching eggs from Belgium. The decree cited the outbreak in Belgium of the bird flu as reason for the ban. Al Raqbani also directed the Ministry's Animal Resource Department to liase with the concerned authorities in the country to ensure the implementation of the decree. The decree comes in the wake of information received from the Paris-based ...  >>MORE

Botanical garden to be set up in Dibba

Posted on 24/04/2003

Work is well ahead on a botanical garden to be established within the Agricultural Research Station in Dibba, according to Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Saeed Mohammed Al Raqbani. "Various species of plants that suit mountainous environment will be grown in the garden, with the purpose of protecting and reproducing the most endangered ones of them," Al Raqbani said. He noted that the pilot project was part of his Ministry's endeavours to protect natural botanical hereditary resources in ...  >>MORE

UAE-Qatar joint panel meets

Posted on 07/04/2003

The UAE has expressed readiness to extend know how to Qatar in fields of agriculture, fisheries and infrastructure. In his address to the meeting of the Joint UAE-Qatar Committee on agriculture and Municipalities in Abu Dhabi yesterday, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Saeed Mohammed Al Raqbani hailed the spirit of fraternity, understanding and mutual trust prevalent during the meeting. The meeting discussed issues of mutual concern in the domains of agriculture, fisheries, municipalities and ...  >>MORE

UAE attained tremendous agricultural progress

Posted on 24/03/2003

Saeed Raqbani, Minister of Agriculture and Mineral Resources, yesterday said that the UAE's agricultural sector has made a tremendous growth thanks to the attention paid by President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to the sector. In an address on the occasion of the 5th GCC Water Week from March 22 to 28, Raqbani said that the setting up of 114 dams of which 57 had been built by the President's Private Department was one of the milestones of the country's efforts aimed at securing water ...  >>MORE

UAE University produces bio-fertiliser

Posted on 16/03/2003

The Faculty of Science of the UAE University has produced a fertiliser using local bacteria. Khalid Al Tarabili, a teacher in the faculty, said that biological fertilisers imported from Europe and the U.S. have failed to meet the requirements of a plan to replace chemical fertilisers in the UAE farms. This is because the microorganisms these biological fertilisers contain do not acclimatise to the country's environment. For this reason, the faculty started conducting experiments in ...  >>MORE

National Horticultural Company embarks on Dh 10 million expansion

Posted on 13/01/2003

The National Horticultural Company, NHC, an offset joint venture, is implementing a Dh 10 million expansion programme to increase its share of the local and regional flower and plants market. The expansion will see the company's production capacity increase to more than four million roses, plants and flowers of 18 varieties, currently being produced at its farm in Sweihan, Abu Dhabi, according to a report in the latest quarterly bulletin of the UAE Offsets Group. "Demand for flowers and ...  >>MORE

Pilot project to produce animal feed launched

Posted on 31/12/2002

Zayed International Agricultural and Environmental Research Programme in Al Ain has launched a pilot project to produce animal feed from locally cultivated salt-tolerant plants. The project, which has the support of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, has been launched in cooperation with the University of Queensland, Australia, said Dr Ghaleb A. Alhadrami, Assistant Dean of Scientific Research at the UAE University. He said the programme, which was established in 1990 at the College ...  >>MORE

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Farming share in GDP posts 6.5 per cent rise


Winter flowers blossom in summer


Ministry finalises three-year strategic plan on farm research


New levies imposed on imports of live animals


Desert loses ground to green revolution in UAE; strategy on wildlife bears fruit


UAE's 'intelligent irrigation' project gets Ford backing


Ministry bans import of live animals, farm materials


Animals will now need health cards for treatment


Centre to use saline water agriculture to increase palm tree population


Abu Dhabi, the green metropolis of the Gulf


Abu Dhabi slashes fertilizers prices


Biodegradable soil additive promises to revitalise farming


Abu Dhabi Municipality unveils new agricultural plan


Move underway to use endangered flora to combat desertification


Plant diversity in UAE comes under twin threat


Big rise in farm output


Dhaid farmers all smiles as bumper date harvest nears


UAE surges ahead in Arab farm production


UN conference hails UAE reclamation of arid land


Imports of many agricultural materials come under ban


Lush farm grows greener without use of chemicals


RAK farmers seek natural reserve for beehives


Largest desert botanical garden coming up


UAE plan to develop a super-sheep


UAE 30pc self-sufficient in farm produce


Abu Dhabi water highly saline - study


Asian Ministerial meeting ends with issuance of Abu Dhabi Declaration


Asian Ministerial Conference on desertification kicks off; Zayed: UAE able to cohabit with environment


Delegates to the sixth regional meeting agree on final declaration


UN releases desertification report on West Asia to mark UAE meeting


FEA briefs desertification meet on UAE draft strategy


Regional meeting of Asian Focal points on desertification starts session


Agriculture ministry to boost tissue culture laboratory


UAE pursues costly drive to combat desertification


Agriculture Ministry bans import of birds from Belgium


Botanical garden to be set up in Dibba


UAE-Qatar joint panel meets


UAE attained tremendous agricultural progress


UAE University produces bio-fertiliser


National Horticultural Company embarks on Dh 10 million expansion


Pilot project to produce animal feed launched