posted on 23/09/2012: 506 views
A new dates collection centre will serve about 2,400 dates farmers from Dubai to Fujairah, Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, said while opening the centre yesterday at Al Dhait.
The new state-of-the-art facility was opened by the minister and Rashid Mubarak Al Hajeri, Chairman of the Board Al Foah Company, in implementation of a memorandum of understanding signed by the two sides for transporting and marketing dates.
The minister said the move is part of a national plan to achieve food security and food sustainability.
'The dates collection centre will have the capacity of 20,000 packages a day or 12,000 tonnes of dates during the marketing season,' he added, noting that the easy-to-reach centre will reduce transport costs and help farmers maintain the high quality of dates.
Al Hajeri said the project, the eighth in the network of dates collection centres, had been implemented in a record time of 90 days at a total cost of Dh 10 million. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
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