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UAE environment minister hails local food supply efforts

Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, has expressed his appreciation for the active role of local agricultural companies and farms in enhancing food security in the country. Dr Al Zeyoudi stressed that supporting agriculture is part of the Ministry’s strategy to help realise the UAE Vision 2021.

The minister made the remarks during a field visit to multiple farms, where he urged subsistence farmers to move to commercial agriculture and embrace modern cultivation practices to further increase their contributions to the local food supply.

Engineer Saif Al Shara, Assistant Undersecretary for the Sustainable Communities Sector, Sultan Alwan Al Habsi, Assistant Undersecretary for the Regions Sector and Engineer Mohammed Al Dhahnani, Director of Health and Agricultural Development Department at the Ministry, accompanied Dr Al Zeyoudi.

They toured the agricultural areas of Madar Farms, an emerging agricultural technology company in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, to view the hydroponics containers that the company designed and installed to produce leafy plants all year round.

They visited the Eco-Villa, a pilot project incorporating water- and energy-saving technologies located in Masdar City. The prototype uses around 72 percent less energy and 35 percent less water than a typical comparably-sized villa in Abu Dhabi, displacing an estimated 63 tons of carbon dioxide annually.

Later, Dr Al Zeyoudi and the Ministry’s senior officials toured the Nabteh Farm in Al Khawaneej area in Dubai. He learned about the greenhouses that the company provides to members of the community to install in their homes, to help them grow their vegetables.

Their last stop was at the farm of Abdul Latif Al Banna in Al Aweer area in Dubai. They viewed the farm’s agricultural produce and livestock. After receiving guidance and supplies from MOCCAE, Al Banna relies on modern agricultural technologies to grow his crops.

At the end of the tour, Dr Al Zeyoudi pointed out that sustaining food diversity relies heavily on innovation and the employment of cutting-edge technologies. The Ministry supports all efforts in this field and strengthens such national agricultural initiatives.

Source: WAM

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