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Raqbani praises Zayed for boosting agriculture

posted on 04/08/2004: 1712 views

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 spread far and wide in the UAE,” Raqbani said. He was greeting Sheikh Zayed on the occasion of the 38th anniversary of his Accession Day on August 6.

The annual agricultural animal and fish production increased due to the regulations brought out by legislation in these sectors, the minister noted. The country has great pride and appreciation for Sheikh Zayed for building dams which improved the nation's underground water resources. The marketing strategy of dates and other agri-products improved the living standards of farmers in the UAE. Sheikh Zayed is internationally acclaimed for his wise decisions in the agri-business and environment-friendly strategies, Raqbani said.

Recalling the feats of the President in other sectors, Raqbani said the 6th of August is a glorious day in the annals of history of the UAE. "That was the beginning point of developments, urbanisation, national-building and improving the living condition of its inhabitants.” It's a historic day and the transformation point in the life of the UAE people. It is the opening of a page in the book of achievements of a man who sought to place his nation on top of others.

Since August 6, 1966 till now, pages and pages have been added to that book of achievement. It could not be described in words. It includes all walks of life,” he said. Sheikh Zayed focused on human beings, which he thinks, is the foundation of nation building. Human beings are the cornerstone of development. In the field of education, much care was given to the UAE nationals by providing education to them.

Universities, colleges, institutes, Higher Colleges of Technology and others were established to provide the highest level of education to nationals and other residents in the country. National youths were sent abroad for advanced course. Public and private hospitals were set up to provide the best health facilities to everyone so that they do not have to go for foreign treatment, Raqbani said.

He also referred to the Marriage Fund and Zayed Housing society and the homes for the elderly and special needs people, created to help the society's needs. These include the Abu Dhabi Development Fund, Zayed Charity Organisation, Red Crescent Society and other humanitarian institutions. "Because of Zayed's wisdom, the UAE has become an oasis of security and stability. Many countries are looking forward to establish relations with it. It has become a hub of investment and international conferences and conventions. Many countries are contemplating organising promotional shows to promote their products in the region,” the minister said, wishing the President good health and God's blessings. (The Gulf Today)


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