Abu Dhabi farms setting new produce records: UAE newspaper

ABU DHABI: Indigenous farming is at the heart of a country s food security plan and the U.A.E. has worked very hard at arriving at this destination in a relatively short time, a local newspaper said lauding the role of the Abu Dhabi Farmers Service Centre (ADFSC), which is encouraging farmers efforts with great incentives.

“Given the challenges it faces the production of fruit and vegetables in the U.A.E. has reached an impressive stage with an astonishing range of produces earning themselves the farm-to-plate honour,” commented ‘Gulf News’ in its today’s editorial.

While it is true that the U.A.E. does import more than 70 per cent of its food requirements, it is also true that it is increasing the volume of its local produce year by year.

The newspaper says that in the upcoming 2014-15 agriculture season, for example, Abu Dhabi farms are expected to produce 38,000 tonnes of vegetables and fruit, as compared to 28,000 tonnes last year. “The driving force behind this success story is the Abu Dhabi Farmers Service Centre (ADFSC), which is encouraging farmers efforts with great incentives, such as a Minimum Guaranteed Price scheme that covers their cost of production even when the market price drops.” The result is that the ADFSC has managed to farm out a win-win situation for all, including U.A.E. consumers who get to buy local and eat local.

SOURCE: Wam