ADFSC plans to produce more vegetables in upcoming season

ABU DHABI: The Abu Dhabi Farmers Service Centre, ADFSC, plans to produce 10,000 tonnes more vegetables from its 1,200 farms than last season during the agricultural season 2014-2015.

Last season, ADFSC-affiliated farms produced 28,000 tonnes of top-class or best quality vegetables and that figure is expected to reach 38,000 tonnes by October next year.

ADFSC, an Abu Dhabi Government organisation responsible for developing sustainable agriculture in the emirate, helps farmers by providing them with market data, advice and logistical support, as well as providing a minimum-price guarantee to protect them from unexpected falls in the market price.

Although Abu Dhabi emirate has around 24,000 farms, only 4,000 farms have quality water to produce vegetables, Chris Hirst, the CEO of the centre said. About 1,200 of the farms have contracts with ADFSC for developing and implementing a sustainable crop plan and marketing the produce.

The centre sells the produce to 40 clients, including wholesale traders, retailers, military, and the hotels and a total number of 36 first-grade crops will be produced in this season.

The winter season begins in November this year and ends in June 2015, with the summer season beginning in July and ending in October.