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UAE- Iran amend aviation agreement

posted on 02/07/2002: 2472 views

The UAE and Iran has agreed to amend a technical operation agreement in the field of air navigation, in effect since 1986, whereby some air routes have been revoked and replaced by single operation routes. The amendment, which was signed by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) on behalf of the UAE, is meant to cope with the growing air traffic and upgrade aviation safety levels in both regions, according to Director General of the GCAA Mohammed Ghanim Al Ghaith. It will save aviation companies operating on these routes an amount of over Dh 15 million a year and will come into force as from next November. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)

UAE to help Bangladesh solve salinity problem

The International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) in Dubai has signed an agreement with Bangladesh Institute for Agriculture Research to study the salinity problems in southern Bangladesh and its impact on agriculture development in the country. Dr Mohammed Al Attar, Director-General of ICBA, signed the agreement during his recent visit to Bangladesh.

According to the agreement, the centre will transfer biosaline agriculture techniques, inspect implementation of some projects to enable poor farmers to use alternative agricultural techniques to preserve the productivity of the land. The centre, in collaboration with Bangladeshi organisations, will implement model project on a local farm for introducing alternative irrigation techniques and cultivation of salt tolerant plants such as forages, which is currently carried out in Dubai.

The centre will also provide seeds of salt-tolerant crops for cultivation and finance half of the cultivation cost for a period of two to three years. In addition, the centre in cooperation with international research centres will prepare a scientific programme to solve salinity problem in Bangladesh.

Dr Al Attar praised UAE's efforts in participating in agriculture development in Islamic countries. He lauded the Islamic Development Bank for its role in building the agriculture sector's infrastructure in Bangladesh. (The Khaleej Times)


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