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10,000 tonnes more vegetables grown at Abu Dhabi farms

Posted on 23/06/2014

About 1,200 farms working with the Abu Dhabi Farmers Service Centre (ADFSC) are expected to produce 10,000 tonnes more vegetables than last season during the upcoming agricultural season, a senior official told Gulf News. The farms will produce 38,000 tonnes of vegetables worth Dh60 million during the 2014-2015 season that begins in November this year and ends in October 2015. This is an upward trend, compared with 28,000 tonnes of total production worth Dh45 million during the last season ...  >>MORE

New Abu Dhabi irrigation system saves 46% water

Posted on 27/05/2014

A new irrigation system installed in Abu Dhabi farms has started to save about 46 per cent water. The initiative is relevant because agriculture and related sectors consume about 72 per cent of the total water consumption in the emirate. Groundwater accounts for 94 per cent water consumption in the agriculture sector in the emirate. But the current usage of groundwater reservoirs is about 15 times more than the natural recharge rates, according to the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi. The ...  >>MORE

Emiratis' love for farming on the rise

Posted on 11/05/2014

While driving through an elevated road to a farm in Remah area in Al Ain, a beautiful green valley appears on the right. "These all are farms,” says Adel Salem Al Saeedi, an Emirati agricultural officer. "This vast green area was once a burning desert. It started greening in the 1980s thanks to the efforts of Shaikh Zayed [Bin Sultan Al Nahyan],” he says. Shaikh Zayed started giving land to Emiratis for farming and, gradually, the area turned green, he says. Today, there are 4,100 farms in ...  >>MORE

Freshness, green concerns attract consumers to UAE produce

Posted on 11/05/2014

Farm to plate is the buzzword for many who are concerned about the miles a food item travels before it lands on their plate. This ties in with many aspects of the way we approach food; its freshness, environmental credentials and price. Consumers everywhere are preferring to be local and buy local. Making the switch to locally produced food minimises the carbon footprint caused by transportation. (Carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide or other carbon compounds released into the ...  >>MORE

UAE plans to introduce 'superfood' quinoa after harvest trial success

Posted on 22/04/2014

The UAE plans to introduce the "superfood” quinoa for the first time in the country for human consumption and as animal feed, a top official said. The protein and fibre-rich grain crop has been staple food in South America for thousands of years and the UN declared 2013 as "The International Year of Quinoa”. In February 2013, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said quinoa, relatively unknown outside South America, "is now poised for global recognition,” praising its cultural heritage and ...  >>MORE

Farms in Abu Dhabi produce more wheat than regional counterparts

Posted on 24/03/2014

Farms in Abu Dhabi are producing more wheat per hectare than anywhere else in the region, the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority has revealed. Twenty varieties of wheat are produced in the emirate, at a rate of eight tonnes per hectare – well above the Arab world's average of five tonnes. The authority's laboratories have carried out trials on 103 crops to test whether they can be adapted to local climatic conditions and are fit for commercial production, reported Al Ittihad, the ...  >>MORE

Dubai digitalises perennial trees' data

Posted on 03/03/2014

Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality, on Sunday, has launched the plantation week activities organised by the Public Parks and Horticulture Department in Zabeel-1 area during which the department started the first stage of numbering perennial trees in the emirate of Dubai. This year civic body decided to start with a unique project which is numbering all types of traditional trees including Ghaf, Qarad, Atal, Sidr, Samar, Lathb and Rola..etc with the aim to collect ...  >>MORE

MoEW launches hydroponics initiative

Posted on 27/02/2014

Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, yesterday launched a new initiative to support and promote hydroponics, a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without soil.. The minister said 'Our Production' initiative was launched in consistence of the UAE Vision 2021 which calls for deployment of modern farming techniques to increase agricultural output and to sustain food and water security. 'The initiative, launched on the occasion of the ...  >>MORE

Khalifa Fund to disburse funds to number of farms in Sweihan

Posted on 13/02/2014

An expert team from the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development and Abu Dhabi Farmers' Service Centre completed site visits to 72 farms in Sweihan recently to ensure their compatibility with terms of funding under the terms of the Zaarie Programme, launched by the Khalifa Fund to support and enable Emiratis working in the farming sector to overcome the challenges they face. "The work force conducted its site visits which lasted for four days where they ensured the availability of various ...  >>MORE

UAE-made waterproof sand that’s worth its salt

Posted on 13/02/2014

Hydrophobic sand produced in Al Ain could save thousands of gallons of water in agriculture. The sand, which costs Dh250 per tonne, is non-absorbent and water cannot penetrate it, offering numerous benefits to groundwater reserves and pollution levels. "It stops the water from percolating to the groundwater or to lower soils below where the roots are,” said Fahad Hareb, the chief executive at Desalt Innovation Middle East, which owns the factory producing the sand. "It also stops the rising ...  >>MORE

Mansour bin Zayed launches Sheikh Zayed Award for Leadership in Agricultural Innovation

Posted on 04/02/2014

H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE, Minister of Presidential Affairs, and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA), yesterday launched the Sheikh Zayed Award for Leadership in Agricultural Innovation as part of the UAE's consistent efforts to improve coordination of international policies and to recognise remarkable role of scientists and experts in drawing food security policies. Sheikh Mansour announced the launch of the prestigious award at ...  >>MORE

Dubai International Garden Competition transforming Dubai from a desert hub to a spectacular wonderland

Posted on 03/02/2014

In a sign of the overwhelming level of interest in the first annual Dubai International Garden Competition (DIGC), a higher-than-expected number of garden designs has been received before the submission deadline of February 16th.The competition is held under the patronage of Dubai Municipality, with strategic sponsorship from Dubai Tourism and Commerce and support from the venue sponsorship partner Emaar. The first edition of the region's most anticipated garden showcase will take place from ...  >>MORE

Bill Gates to address Abu Dhabi Agriculture Forum

Posted on 16/01/2014

Bill Gates, world-renowned innovator and co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will address the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture, GFIA, opening ceremony in Abu Dhabi on 3rd February. "We are delighted to have the support of Bill Gates and his team at the Gates Foundation. The work that the Gates Foundation undertakes in support of agricultural innovation is of critical importance in reducing poverty and improving food security for millions of families across Africa ...  >>MORE

Farmers in Western Region mull over Agricultural Investment Fund

Posted on 10/01/2014

Farmers in the Western Region recently gathered to collect details about the Dh 100 million Agricultural Investment Fund established by Abu Dhabi Farmers' Service Centre (ADFSC) and Food Security Center Abu Dhabi (FSCAD). The event allowed a unique opportunity for the Abu Dhabi Farmers' Service Centre staff to speak face-to-face with farm owners, answer questions and distribute as well as collect application forms for those interested in joining the Fund. The aim of the Fund, which will ...  >>MORE

New Year cheer for plant lovers: 6 new flora species discovered

Posted on 01/01/2014

The New Year bears good news for plant lovers in the UAE — six new species of flora have recently been discovered here. It is a well known fact that of all the emirates, Sharjah is richer in ecological diversity as it has a great variety of plants and animals. But many of the natural habitats in this region are facing threats both naturally and anthropologically. Therefore, conservation of the natural habitats has become a priority for Sharjah. The establishment of the Sharjah Seed Bank and ...  >>MORE

100 million Dirhams to establish Agricultural Investment Fund

Posted on 16/12/2013

Khalifa Ahmed Al Ali, Managing Director of the Abu Dhabi Farmers' Services Centre (ADFSC) has announced the launch of the Agricultural Investment Fund, with a budget estimated at Dh100 million spent evenly over five years to support and finance the use of modern farming techniques, including hydroponics in greenhouses. The aim of the Fund, which will spend about 20 million Dirhams per year until 2017, is to achieve sustainability and contribute to the dissemination of a food security umbrella ...  >>MORE

Organic farming on the rise in the UAE

Posted on 17/10/2013

As demand grows for fresh locally grown chemical-free produce, a report issued by the Ministry of Environment and Water reveals that there are over 40 organic farms in the U.A.E. spanning a total area of about 3,890 hectares, growing a range of 62 products. The report said most of the country's organic farms grow date palms, tomatoes, green beans and other vegetables and fruits. It also underlined the ministry's support to the farmers, encouraging them to convert to organic farming. The ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Zayed Award for Agricultural Innovation planned

Posted on 02/10/2013

Plans to award individuals and organisations for agricultural innovation are under discussion, WAM reported on Tuesday. If approved, the proposed Sheikh Zayed Award for Agricultural Innovation will recognise individuals, corporations and government and non-government organisations that developed advanced innovations and technology contributing to sustainable agriculture. Sheikh Zayed Award was discussed by the Board of Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) during a recent meeting. The ...  >>MORE

Khalifa Fund plans to promote agriculture

Posted on 04/09/2013

The Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development has launched a programme called "Ziraai” to support citizens working in the agricultural sector by providing training and marketing services, and giving interest-free loan of up to Dh1 million to each farmer. The programme, which is in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Farmers' Services Centre, was held under the guidance of Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of ...  >>MORE

Sustainable farming ideas spread across UAE

Posted on 22/08/2013

A Dubai agriculture centre is increasing its reach in improving farming practices across the region to reverse damage caused by climate change. Launched two years ago, the Dh22 million project by the International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture has taught 750 farmers from eight Middle East countries about improved farming and aims to reach another 750 in the coming year. "The objective is to spread into more farming communities in terms of number, quality and intensity on the farm," said Dr ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi announces winter crop plan for next season

Posted on 14/08/2013

The emirate expects a 51 per cent increase in local vegetable production during the upcoming farming season compared with the last season, the Abu Dhabi Farmers' Services Centre (ADFSC) announced on Monday. It will be a 206 per cent increase in production compared with the 2012 season, the centre announced. The next season begins in November and ends in October 2014. The centre has made winter crop plans for fields and greenhouses in all three regions of the emirate — Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to host first Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture

Posted on 22/07/2013

Abu Dhabi is to host the inaugural Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from 3rd-5th February, 2014. Held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, and in strategic partnership with the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA), the Forum will be the world's first gathering of innovators, investors and companies dedicated to showcasing new ideas and solutions for ...  >>MORE

Research centre to help Abu Dhabi farmers boost crops

Posted on 14/07/2013

Farmers will be able to discover the latest techniques to help increase their crops at a new research centre due to be up and running by next year. The Baniyas Centre for Agricultural Research, set up by the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority and the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi, will introduce developments in greenhouse, hydroponic and soil-less farming. "The centre will help us determine what we already have in the country and use the latest technologies to have better production," said ...  >>MORE

Dubai to become Middle East’s first city to shift to solar irrigation

Posted on 02/05/2013

Dubai is on track to become the first city in the Middle East to use solar energy to irrigate landscaped roundabouts. The Dubai Municipality has already started irrigating 35 such roundabouts using a solar pumping system. "We are planning to change the entire irrigation system to solar. The implementation of the plan is likely to start within six months and we are also talking to private companies for the projects, each of which will have different technical requirements,” Marwan Mohammad, ...  >>MORE

Potato Farmers are planning to increase production in the UAE

Posted on 24/04/2013

Abu Dhabi Farmers' Services Centre (FSC) aims to triple the quantity of locally produced potatoes to nearly 2,500 tonnes this year from less than 900 tonnes last year, on 45 farms in the Western Region, Al Ain and Abu Dhabi. "We harvested 1,200 tonnes of potatoes so far this year, and for next year we plan to increase it to 3,500 tonnes a year," said Martin Aguirre, commercial and operations director of the FSC. The 2012-2013 growing season marks the third year of an FSC programme in which ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to convert all farm waste into compost to support farming

Posted on 16/04/2013

About 300,000 tonnes of farm waste annually will be turned into compost fertilisers according to a project launched by the Centre of Waste Management (CWM) in Abu Dhabi. The plan is to convert most organic waste from farms into compost that will help improve agriculture, said a senior official from the centre. To encourage farmers to send their organic waste to compost factories in the emirate, the centre has announced several measures. It will conduct awareness programmes among farmers and ...  >>MORE

Effort to cut UAE farms' water use in half

Posted on 07/04/2013

Farming authorities plan to cut agricultural water use in the Western Region almost in half. The Farmers' Services Centre, the government body that aims to modernise Abu Dhabi farms, has more than doubled the number of farms with water-saving irrigation systems through its Efficient Irrigation Fund. More than 680 additional farms in the Western Region have received new irrigation systems to cut water use since last year, bringing the total to almost 1,200. "We are supplying every farm in the ...  >>MORE

Emirati farmers show interest in organic vegetables

Posted on 01/04/2013

Emirati farmers are showing keen interest in the cultivation of organic vegetables as the Abu Dhabi Farmers' Services Centre (ADFSC) attracts them to its demonstration fields in Al Ain. The centre has successfully cultivated tomatoes and sweet corn at its fields in the west Salamat district, said James Thompson, the Field Crops Unit Head at the ADFSC. "This type of farming needs a different management plan but Emirati farmers have a strong interest in it,” he said. It is a step by step ...  >>MORE

MoEW urges soilless culture

Posted on 24/03/2013

The Ministry of Environment and Water recently organised a field awareness day to urge farmers to increase product through growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without soil, a method known as hydroponics. Theoretical and practical on-field training was given to 25 farmers in the Central Region areas to teach them using controlled environment systems, controlling nutrition levels, cooling and pest control, according to Assistant Undersecretary of MoEW for Agricultural and ...  >>MORE

UKAS accredits UAE's Plant Health Laboratory

Posted on 10/03/2013

The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) has accredited the Ministry of Environment and Water's Plant Health Laboratory for testing, separating and diagnosing fungal diseases of mango trees, Dr Rashid Ahmad bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, has announced. The accreditation, he said, was based on ISO/IEC 17025:2005 which specifies the general requirements for the competence to carry out tests and/or calibrations, including sampling. It covers testing and calibration performed ...  >>MORE

Municipality of Abu Dhabi City celebrates 33rd Forestation Week

Posted on 05/03/2013

Khalifa Mohammed Al Mazroui, General Manager of the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City has stated that celebrating the Forestation Week is a recognition of the mega efforts and great successes achieved by the UAE in expanding green spaces, parks and recreational facilities that have turned the cities into green gardens and contributed to achieving the agricultural and environmental successes, and culminating the pioneering ideas and generous contributions of our prudent leadership. In his speech ...  >>MORE

ADFSC plans more local Farmers Markets in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 14/02/2013

Following the success Shahama farmers market, the Abu Dhabi Farmers Service Centre (ADFSC) is planning to open similar markets for farm produce in more residential areas soon, which will help residents to buy fresh produce directly from local farmers. The Shahama market operates every Friday, from 4 pm to 10 pm, where Emirati farmers sell fresh vegetables, dates, eggs, honey and live birds directly to customers. Farms across Abu Dhabi grow some 42 kinds of vegetables and fruits, with cucumber ...  >>MORE

Taste of local harvest catches on in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 13/02/2013

Abu Dhabi residents can now purchase fresh produce directly from local farmers thanks to an initiative by a government agency. The Abu Dhabi Farmers Service Centre (ADFSC), which is behind the farmers market in Shahama on Fridays, is working on ways to open similar outlets for farm produce in more residential areas soon, an official spokesman of ADFSC told Gulf News. Emirati farmers could be seen selling fresh vegetables, dates, eggs, honey and live birds directly to customers at the market ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi explores wheat cultivation in the emirate

Posted on 24/01/2013

Plans are underway for wheat cultivation in Abu Dhabi in addition to a number of other crops, a senior official told Gulf News on Wednesday. As part of a research project, about 100 varieties of wheat used for the production of flour used to make bread were cultivated in Al Ain region in early November last year, and the initial results were positive, Mohammad Jalal Al Reyaysa, director of communication and community service at Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA), said. The research ...  >>MORE

UAE certification sheds light on organic products

Posted on 06/12/2012

The UAE's niche organic market continues to grow slowly after the recent certification of imported organic foods and UAE organic farms by the Emirates Authority and Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA). The scheme mandates that all certified organic products must have a certification logo so that customers can be certain that it is really organic. Currently, 17 farms in the UAE have been certified, and six are being certified, according to Eng Nadim Al Fuqaha, managing director of Global ...  >>MORE

Date palms make up 98 percent of fruit trees and Rhodes fodder grass 94 percent of field crops: SCAD

Posted on 22/10/2012

Statistics Centre - Abu Dhabi (SCAD) issued yesterday a bulletin on "Agricultural Land Uses 2012", including the latest statistics on the uses of agricultural land in all regions of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in 2011, and also highlighting developments in the components of the agricultural sector, with the aim of providing a comprehensive database of the sector that conforms to international recommendations. SCAD commended the full cooperation of Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority in the ...  >>MORE

UAE aquaponics project hailed as a success

Posted on 24/09/2012

A year after it was set up, the world's largest aquaponics centre has started to sell salad crops to supermarkets across the UAE and will market its fish in one year's time. Set up with a grant from the Khalifa Fund, the Dh4 million project combines traditional fish farming with a system that uses their waste as fertiliser for hydroponic vegetable tanks. The Baniyas centre, located in the Zayed Higher Agricultural Centre for Development and Rehabilitation in Abu Dhabi, has so far produced 10 ...  >>MORE

Cash loan boost for farms

Posted on 19/05/2012

Al Tharwaniya - Farmers in Al Gharbia who have slowly been converting to hydroponics - which allows them to grow fruit and vegetables using less water and energy - are now being offered loans to help them make the switch. Yafour Al Hameli, a farm owner in Al Tharwaniya, is in the process of converting. "I've had this farm since 1997," he said. "Using hydroponics will help me grow more food with less water For the past year and a half, Mr Al Hameli has been growing almost 30 tonnes of tomatoes ...  >>MORE

Green awakening through farming

Posted on 18/03/2012

Liwa - An Emirati farmer has been happily ploughing back the returns from his farm into new crops ever since he started farming 16 years ago. Mubarak Khalid Al Qubaisi, 55, strongly believes that farming is not just about making a profit but that farmers have a divine obligation to feed present and future generations. But he is sad that many of his fellow countrymen, especially educated youngsters, do not understand the importance of farming. The Abu Dhabi Farmers Service Centre (ADFSC), ...  >>MORE

New Technology that saves water in Abu Dhabi farms

Posted on 13/03/2012

A new technology that supplies regular and sufficient amount of water to the roots of vegetables is used by the Abu Dhabi Farmer's Service Centre (ADFSC) in the Western Region to irrigate farms in the region. With the new technology using 'in line drip irrigation pipes' water is supplied along the irrigation line so that the roots receive an equal amount of water. In fact, these pipes release less water which is the basic requirement for a vegetable to grow properly, Ahmad Omar Ali, Field ...  >>MORE

Authority aims to boost UAE farm productivity

Posted on 26/02/2012

Farming, a centuries old human practice, has been getting latest technological inputs for enhanced productivity around the globe, experts on Wednesday told Emirati farmers, encouraging them to use appropriate tools for better results. Farmers, farm owners and agricultural experts from across the country were attending the Second Agricultural Exhibition that opened on Thursday at the Al Ain Convention Centre. The four-day event conducted by the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA), is ...  >>MORE

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10,000 tonnes more vegetables grown at Abu Dhabi farms


New Abu Dhabi irrigation system saves 46% water


Emiratis' love for farming on the rise


Freshness, green concerns attract consumers to UAE produce


UAE plans to introduce 'superfood' quinoa after harvest trial success


Farms in Abu Dhabi produce more wheat than regional counterparts


Dubai digitalises perennial trees' data


MoEW launches hydroponics initiative


Khalifa Fund to disburse funds to number of farms in Sweihan


UAE-made waterproof sand that’s worth its salt


Mansour bin Zayed launches Sheikh Zayed Award for Leadership in Agricultural Innovation


Dubai International Garden Competition transforming Dubai from a desert hub to a spectacular wonderland


Bill Gates to address Abu Dhabi Agriculture Forum


Farmers in Western Region mull over Agricultural Investment Fund


New Year cheer for plant lovers: 6 new flora species discovered


100 million Dirhams to establish Agricultural Investment Fund


Organic farming on the rise in the UAE


Sheikh Zayed Award for Agricultural Innovation planned


Khalifa Fund plans to promote agriculture


Sustainable farming ideas spread across UAE


Abu Dhabi announces winter crop plan for next season


Abu Dhabi to host first Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture


Research centre to help Abu Dhabi farmers boost crops


Dubai to become Middle East’s first city to shift to solar irrigation


Potato Farmers are planning to increase production in the UAE


Abu Dhabi to convert all farm waste into compost to support farming


Effort to cut UAE farms' water use in half


Emirati farmers show interest in organic vegetables


MoEW urges soilless culture


UKAS accredits UAE's Plant Health Laboratory


Municipality of Abu Dhabi City celebrates 33rd Forestation Week


ADFSC plans more local Farmers Markets in Abu Dhabi


Taste of local harvest catches on in Abu Dhabi


Abu Dhabi explores wheat cultivation in the emirate


UAE certification sheds light on organic products


Date palms make up 98 percent of fruit trees and Rhodes fodder grass 94 percent of field crops: SCAD


UAE aquaponics project hailed as a success


Cash loan boost for farms


Green awakening through farming


New Technology that saves water in Abu Dhabi farms


Authority aims to boost UAE farm productivity