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THE ECONOMY - AGRICULTURE

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

UAE ratifies PGRFA

Posted on 29/12/2002

The UAE has ratified the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (PGRFA), a statement said yesterday. The statement issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries said the UAE Cabinet has ratified the treaty, which is consistent with international conventions on bio-diversity. The treaty was ratified in November last year by the General Convention of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), whose 31st Session was chaired by the UAE. Under the UAE ...  >>MORE

New grass to reduce cost of irrigation

Posted on 11/12/2002

A new type of multipurpose grass which thrives on saline water is being grown in Jebel Ali. Experiments on it are being conducted to ensure its suitability to local weather. The paspalum grass was developed by the University of Georgia in the U.S. and introduced to the UAE by the Dubai-based branch of Hydroturf International in Jebel Ali. Company sources said the new grass, which could be used in golf courses and for landscaping public parks, will reduce the cost of irrigation by half, ...  >>MORE

Impressive growth in agriculture in the UAE

Posted on 10/12/2002

The UAE, under the wise and visionary leadership of the President, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, has succeeded in combating desertification and accomplished many unprecedented achievements in agriculture, animal husbandry and wild life. These factors were highlighted by Jordanian writer Ony Abdul Mohsin Fersachah in his paper titled "UAE Challenges and Achievements in the Fields of Agriculture, Animal Resources and Wild Life" presented at the "Union: Leadership and Development ...  >>MORE

UAE achieves self sufficiency in fisheries: Raqbani

Posted on 26/09/2002

The UAE has achieved hundred per cent self-sufficiency in fisheries with the surplus being exported abroad, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries said today. 'According to 2001 statistics, total fish catch 112,561 tonnes. Fishing boats rose to 4,589 captained by 12,856 fishermen,' said Saeed Mohammed Al Raqbani in an address to mark the Arab Agriculture Day, which falls on September 27. This year's celebration is being held under the theme: Development of fisheries for food-security. Al Raqbani ...  >>MORE

RAK to have turf farm

Posted on 23/09/2002

Ras Al Khaimah will have UAE's first commercial turf farm with a one million bushel a year capacity. It will produce Dh3 million worth of turf every year. It will cover 200,000 square metres. Initially, the farm will provide Tower Links Golf Club, the 18-hole golf course under construction with steady supplies of high quality grass. The grass has been developed by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of Georgia in the U.S., specifically for the greens on golf ...  >>MORE

Sheep form 30pc of UAE's animal wealth

Posted on 16/09/2002

Sheep have managed to adapt to the desert environment of the UAE and have started to mushroom quickly at a time when scores of other species brought into the emirates are still struggling to adapt, according to a local study. The UAE now has nearly 500,000 sheep, or around 30 per cent of the available animal wealth of 1.9 million involving camels, cows and horses, said the study published in the Abu Dhabi Municipality's magazine, Al Murshed (Guide). Of those sheep, around 125,000 or nearly 25 ...  >>MORE

Zayed Bio-saline Park enters 'Guinness Book'

Posted on 14/09/2002

The Sheikh Zayed Bio-saline Agriculture Project in Abu Dhabi has entered the Guinness Book of Records as the largest sea-irrigated park in the world. Guinness representatives on Thursday handed over the record certification to Sheikh Nahyan Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), which supervised the project. Sheikh Nahyan expressed delight over this remarkable achievement and dedicated it to President ...  >>MORE

Coffee grown in UAE

Posted on 09/09/2002

UAE-grown coffee could soon be a new flavour in the market if Ali Khamis Al Miherizi has his way. And he certainly seems well on his way to success, having established a plantation that has 400 healthy coffee trees. Following an experiment on one coffee plant, conducted at his home in Al Rashidiya in Dubai. Al Miherizi developed the idea of setting up a coffee plantation in Masafi, Ras Al Khaimah. Totally the result of this UAE national's personal initiative, the saplings planted early this ...  >>MORE

Protected farming is the future of UAE agriculture

Posted on 01/09/2002

Great pressure on the meagre underground water resources due to expanding agriculture and long dry spells have raised many an eyebrow about the future of farming in the country. Salinity, sharp drop in the underground water levels, drying out of wells and the natural water streams coming out of mountains and springs, have forced agriculture experts to search for alternative methods to irrigate farms and save these green pastures from turning into yellow desert again. The ground water level in ...  >>MORE

Efforts on to boost farm output

Posted on 15/08/2002

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has embarked upon various projects to overcome the shortage of water in the central region and to improve the yield of crops. Ongoing projects include the introduction of protected farming system in greenhouses, drip irrigation systems and experiments on vegetables and fruit trees suitable for local climate that require minimum water. The projects are being conducted at the ministry's Al Dhaid Experiment and Research Centre in the Central Region. ...  >>MORE

Local farm to supply more camel milk

Posted on 15/08/2002

A UAE dairy company is planning to boost supply of camel milk to the local market to meet the growing consumption and turn the country into the world's third biggest market producer of the product, owners said yesterday. Al Ain Dairy Company, one of the main milk and cheese producers in the UAE, said it started marketing camel milk at a daily supply rate of 300 litres in September last year and today the production has swelled to nearly 1,000 litres a day. "We are now producing around 1,000 ...  >>MORE

Agricultural progress lauded

Posted on 04/08/2002

The UAE's rapid development has been made possible primarily due to the efforts of President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, said Saeed bin Mohammed Al Raqbani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries. The minister yesterday congratulated Sheikh Zayed on the 36th Accession Day Anniversary. He also congratulated the nation on having a leader who loved and cared for them and who had spent long hours in order to provide them with a high standard of life. The minister said Sheikh ...  >>MORE

UAE's floriculture flourishing

Posted on 31/07/2002

Since 2000, the UAE has been successfully exporting an average of 6.15 million fresh flowers every year to AGCC member states, Lebanon, Europe, Japan and Australia. Much of the volume of imported flowers are produced at the Sweihan farm in the middle of the desert, around 100km from Abu Dhabi where 18 different varieties of flowers are cultivated over an area of four hectares including eight green houses. The produce also comes from Fujairah's Falaj Irrigation area which has small farms ...  >>MORE

UAE self-sufficient in many farm crops

Posted on 14/07/2002

Agricultural production in the UAE has increased to Dh2 billion per year with an average crop season yielding over 600,000 tonnes of crops such as tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergines, lettuce, cabbage and animal feed, according to a report from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. Statistics show that the country has now attained self-sufficiency in a variety of agriculture produce, including 100 per cent self sufficiency in dates, 83 per cent in vegetables, 100 percent in fish, 25 per ...  >>MORE

Water table dipping at alarming rate

Posted on 13/07/2002

Well water levels are falling rapidly, even as underground water quality is deteriorating, a senior official has warned. Diminishing rainfall in the UAE for the past few years coupled with higher demand for irrigation or private usage are the primary reason for the substantial underground water resources being used up, creating the water shortage in the wells. Abdullah Khalfan Al Shoraiki, who heads the Ras Al Khaimah Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, said some farmers have been ...  >>MORE

Cubic-shaped water melon, tomato and cucumber produced in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 09/07/2002

The forestry section of the Abu Dhabi Municipality and Town Planning Department has succeeded in producing tomatoes, cucumbers and water melons in cubic shapes. This is to allow easy storage of a larger quantity of these items in relatively small areas in refrigerators and other storage facilities. According to Ali bin Mohammed Al Mansouri, Assistant Under Secretary for Forestry Affairs at the Court, the experiment was 100 per cent successful. The achievement, he said, is in line with the ...  >>MORE

1.5m seedlings, flowers grown in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 22/06/2002

The Abu Dhabi Municipality and Town Planning Department's nurseries grew some 1.5 million seedlings and flowers last month. Of those, one million were distributed to agricultural areas, government and private organisations and UAE nationals and expatriates. The Greenhouse Unit of the department maintained and propagated 3,500 indoor plants. It distributed 11,319 seedlings free of charge and sold 709 others. The Agricultural Laboratory tested 364 samples of fertilisers and 212 samples of ...  >>MORE

Farm introduced new method to fight pests

Posted on 15/06/2002

A farm in Abu Dhabi's Eastern Region has introduced a new method to control pests, without leaving a negative impact on human health and environment. Experiments on the use of Trichogramma, insect egg parasite to attack pest eggs before they hatch, is being carried out in Al Hayer Eastern Farm, near Al Ain, owned by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Director of President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan's Office. According to Dr Essam Agamy of Cairo University, who is ...  >>MORE

UAE farm sector achieves tremendous progress

Posted on 25/05/2002

The UAE agricultural sector has shown tremendous progress, with the number of farms increasing by 25.4 per cent from 28,369 in 1999 to 35,584 in 2000, and the cultivated area increasing by 14.7 per cent to become 2.6 million donums in 2000, according to the agricultural statistic yearbook for 2000 released recently by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. A research made by "Gulf News” from the year book shows that the increase is not an incidental event but part of a planned strategy to ...  >>MORE

Agriculture research centre by mid-June

Posted on 11/05/2002

The Arab world's first Agriculture Information Centre is being established in the UAE and is expected to become operational in June. The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is establishing the centre in co-operation with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation. The UAE Agriculture Information Centre will provide information, statistics, reports and research studies on agriculture, fisheries and livestock, within the Gulf and the Middle East and around the globe, on its web site ...  >>MORE

Khalifa underlines the need for investment in agriculture

Posted on 29/04/2002

H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has underlined the need for concerted efforts to remove any hurdles which impede progress in agricultural projects in the Arab world. In remarks made during a meeting with Arab agricultural ministers, who are participating in the 27th Session of the General Assembly meeting of the Arab Organisation for Agricultural Development (AOAD), which opened in Abu Dhabi yesterday, Sheikh ...  >>MORE

UAE to host AOAD meeting

Posted on 21/04/2002

The United Arab Emirates will host the 27th session of the general assembly meeting of the Arab Organisation for Agriculture Development. The meeting, which will be held in Abu Dhabi from April28 to 30, will be preceded by an executive council meeting of the Organisation on April 27. Saeed bin Mohammed Al Raqbani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, has issued yesterday a ministerial decree on the formation of various committees to see to the successful hosting of the aforementioned ...  >>MORE

UAE has more than 2m farm animals, chickens

Posted on 20/04/2002

Massive investment in the farming sector has boosted the UAE's animal wealth to more than two million cattle head and chickens despite a rapid growth in consumption and lower farm imports, according to an official report. The UAE has also more than doubled its palm trees to nearly 40 million to become one of the richest nations in the world in terms of date wealth. The annual 2002 report by the Ministry of Information and Culture said nearly 2.09 million sheep, cow, camels and chickens produced ...  >>MORE

Agricultural policy has been successful: Humaid

Posted on 16/04/2002

The agricultural policy adopted by the UAE has not only paid off, but also succeeded in developing and modernising productive agricultural and agro-industrial sectors, Planning Minister Sheikh Humaid bin Ahmed Al Mu'alla said. Sheikh Humaid said in a 1995-2000 study released by his Ministry that a review of that policy is needed in order to maintain factors of sustainable development, stimulate agricultural energies and formulate a future outlook for the sector. The study, the fifth by the ...  >>MORE

UAE to lift ban on livestock from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia

Posted on 03/04/2002

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries will lift within the next few days a ban on import of livestock from Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, according to Abdullah Sultan, the ministry's director animal resources. The decision to lift the ban came following a visit by a technical delegation of the ministry to Pakistan to observe the standard of veterinary healthcare, in line with the policy of the Gulf states to work under a uniform system of livestock imports, Sultan told Khaleej Times yesterday. ...  >>MORE

World’s second cama born

Posted on 07/03/2002

The world's second cama, a hybrid of a dromedary camel and llama, was born on February 27 at the Camel Reproduction Centre in Dubai. The new cama is a female, named Kamilah. The first cama called Rama, a male, was born in 1998. The cama project is sponsored by General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Minister of Defence. Dr Lulu Skidmore, project director, said ‘she hopes that Kamilah will have good quality fleece like llamas that can be clipped and used ...  >>MORE

Strategy to exploit underground water urged

Posted on 28/02/2002

The UAE has been urged to devise a strategy to exploit underground water in farming and other sectors to support domestic development. The Planning Ministry has recommended such a strategy in a report presented to the federal cabinet, based on a study on UAE water resources prepared by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA). "There are indications that large quantities of underground water exist in internal areas in the UAE," the ministry said in the report. ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Municipality completes a new afforestation project

Posted on 25/02/2002

As part of its sustained greenery drive, the Abu Dhabi Municipality and Town Planning has recently completed a 24 kilometre-long afforestation project between Al Salmiya and Maqatra, north of Abu Dhabi. The project involved planting some 24,000 trees in a reclaimed land of 1200 hectares. In a report by the Abu Dhabi Municipality, the project is just one of the many projects on the pipeline, ordered by President H.H Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and which are aimed at realising the grand ...  >>MORE

UAE farm import bill falls sharply

Posted on 16/02/2002

The UAE has sharply cut its food import bill due to an expansion in the agricultural sector over the past decade, but the country and its fellow Arab League members have remained heavily dependent on farm imports. Official Arab figures showed the cumulative food gap in the 22-nation Arab League exceeded US$70 billion between 1995 and 2000, and the deficit is set to persist despite farm reforms in most member states. From around US$560 million in 1990, the agricultural sector's contribution to ...  >>MORE

UAE made qualitative leap in agriculture- Raqabani

Posted on 04/02/2002

Saeed Raqabani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, said that the UAE has made the development of agriculture and the protection of environment as its priority since the establishment of the country's federation in 1971. In a statement on the occasion of the country's national environmental day to be marked today, Monday, February 4, under the theme 'Water Resources: Sustainability and Development', Raqabani said that the country's agricultural progress and the spreading of greenery would ...  >>MORE

Dubai grows roses in the desert

Posted on 17/01/2002

Roses are blooming in Dubai. Since February 2001, three million roses have been exported to Holland from the Advanced Horticulture's farm near Al Hayer, between Dubai and Al Ain. The farm, has four hectares of greenhouses, and the capacity to produce eight million stems a year with an annual sales value of Dh10 million a year. Other companies have also entered the market. The National Horticultural Company (NHC) in Sweihan has four hectares of greenhouses and grows roses, carnations, ...  >>MORE

Steep increase in farm productivity

Posted on 18/12/2001

The net productivity of agriculture in the Gulf countries has increased two and a half times between 1980 and 1999, according to the Dubai-based International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA). The ICBA Strategic Plan 2000-2004 said overall productivity during 1980-1999 has "increased steadily in Oman, very rapidly in the UAE, but has declined in Saudi Arabia". The decline in Saudi Arabia has been attributed to abandoning of some areas due to depleting groundwater resources and ...  >>MORE

UAE makes major strides in agricultural development - National Day 2001

Posted on 30/11/2001

The UAE has set an excellent model of how persistence and sound policies can turned a desert into lavish gardens despite the harsh weather and scarcity of water. The UAE's unprecedented success in the field of agriculture could not have been possible without the far-sighted vision and resolve of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who also believes that farming and civilisation are two faces of one coin. Inspired by Sheikh Zayed's visionary leadership, the UAE is today exporting ...  >>MORE

Special Report on the occasion of the UAE’s 30th National Day-Agriculture

Posted on 27/11/2001

The UAE has set an excellent model of how persistence and sound policies can turned a desert into lavish gardens despite the harsh weather and scarcity of water. The UAE's unprecedented success in the field of agriculture could not have been possible without the far-sighted vision and resolve of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who also believes that farming and civilisation are two faces of one coin. Inspired by Sheikh Zayed's visionary leadership, the UAE is today exporting ...  >>MORE

Farms distributed to citizens in Eastern and Western region

Posted on 27/10/2001

Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Director General of the President's Office, has said that a number of 11, 592 farms had been distributed to citizens in the Eastern region of Abu Dhabi and 11, 161 on citizens in the western region of Abu Dhabi as part of the keen desire of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to secure a prosperous life for nationals. Sheikh Mansour added that another 2, 096 farms would soon be distributed to widows and orphans. Sheikh Mansour said that the ...  >>MORE

UAE's agro revolution hailed

Posted on 17/10/2001

A forthright vision and wise policies have helped bring about an agricultural revolution in the country, said the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries yesterday. Speaking on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of UAE National Day, Saeed Mohammed Al Raqabani paid tribute to the incredible foresight and persistence of President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan for the ultimate triumph agriculture has made over harsh environmental conditions. If there are wide expanses of greenery ...  >>MORE

UAE farm breaks record in Hamba mango production

Posted on 08/09/2001

The farm of Sheikh Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the eastern region of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council, has broken record in producing a mango variety – locally known as Hamba – both in size and quality for this season. The farm, located in the Fujairah area of Bidea, has produced mangoes weighing 2.5-3 kilograms. Agricultural experts hailed the phenomenon as new and occurring for the first time in the GCC in terms of quality, quantity. ...  >>MORE

Dubai greener by 20 per cent

Posted on 27/08/2001

Dubai's greenery rose by 20.5 per cent over the past three years with nearly 4.6 million square metres of land being turned into green at the end of 2000, according to statistics released by the Statistics Centre of Dubai Municipality. The civic body's landscaping plans for the city aims at turning eight per cent of the emirate's land into green areas. Arif Obeid Rashid, head of the Statistics Centre, said the total green areas in Dubai in 1998 was 3.8 million square metres which rose to 4.2 ...  >>MORE

Agricultural revolution bears testimony to Abu Dhabi’s progress – Accession Day Special Report

Posted on 29/07/2001

The Abu Dhabi Municipality and Town Planning Department has continued to move from success to success in leading the comprehensive development drive to make Abu Dhabi a modern urban, socio-economic centre and to achieve food self-sufficiency. Celebrating the 35th anniversary of the accession of President HH. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan as Ruler of Abu Dhabi, the department has plenty of reasons to be proud of its landmark achievements. The department has prepared a 10-year ...  >>MORE

Agriculture-report

Posted on 14/07/2001

The total number of farms which had been equipped and distributed on citizens by the Abu Dhabi Municipality and Town Planning Department reached 10, 551 farms in the last five years. The step was made in line with the directives of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. Mubarak Ali bin Mohammed Al Qusaili, head of Agricultural marketing at the Abu Dhabi ...  >>MORE

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Pilot project to produce animal feed launched


UAE ratifies PGRFA


New grass to reduce cost of irrigation


Impressive growth in agriculture in the UAE


UAE achieves self sufficiency in fisheries: Raqbani


RAK to have turf farm


Sheep form 30pc of UAE's animal wealth


Zayed Bio-saline Park enters 'Guinness Book'


Coffee grown in UAE


Protected farming is the future of UAE agriculture


Efforts on to boost farm output


Local farm to supply more camel milk


Agricultural progress lauded


UAE's floriculture flourishing


UAE self-sufficient in many farm crops


Water table dipping at alarming rate


Cubic-shaped water melon, tomato and cucumber produced in Abu Dhabi


1.5m seedlings, flowers grown in Abu Dhabi


Farm introduced new method to fight pests


UAE farm sector achieves tremendous progress


Agriculture research centre by mid-June


Khalifa underlines the need for investment in agriculture


UAE to host AOAD meeting


UAE has more than 2m farm animals, chickens


Agricultural policy has been successful: Humaid


UAE to lift ban on livestock from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia


World’s second cama born


Strategy to exploit underground water urged


Abu Dhabi Municipality completes a new afforestation project


UAE farm import bill falls sharply


UAE made qualitative leap in agriculture- Raqabani


Dubai grows roses in the desert


Steep increase in farm productivity


UAE makes major strides in agricultural development - National Day 2001


Special Report on the occasion of the UAE’s 30th National Day-Agriculture


Farms distributed to citizens in Eastern and Western region


UAE's agro revolution hailed


UAE farm breaks record in Hamba mango production


Dubai greener by 20 per cent


Agricultural revolution bears testimony to Abu Dhabi’s progress – Accession Day Special Report


Agriculture-report