Dubai aims at agricultural self-sufficiency; Focus on smart farming

Dubai aims at agricultural self-sufficiency; Focus on smart farming
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Dubai: President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan stated that the country will be focusing more on smart technologies to ensure self-sufficiency in agricultural production. To avoid water wastage, crops that are suitable for desert soil and climate will be developed. Scientific irrigation systems will also be improved.

He stated that only scientific excellence could meet the challenges in any sector, even the agricultural one. He visited the International Center for Biosoline Agriculture, the country’s most prestigious agricultural research center and was pleased with the progress made in various projects.

He said that scientific projects are the only way to solve each age’s problems. With the advances in science in agriculture, health and irrigation, the world has been able to keep up with them. The world will see an increase in agricultural production and more food processing plants.

He also visited the Jean Bank, the Desert Life Science Laboratory and the Emirates Soil Museum. Luff, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Home Affairs. Sheikh Mohammed was accompanied at the time by General Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan (Deputy Prime Minister) and Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan (Minister of Presidential Affairs).

Mariam Bint Mohammed Al Mahari is Minister of Environment and Climate Change. Razan Al Mubarak is Abu Dhabi Environment Agency MD. Tarifa Al Sabi, ICBIN Deputy General Director General, Dr. Tarifa Al Shari, and others have explained the various projects.

The ICBA plans to expand the ‘water-drinking

The new scheme will produce palms that are productive and reduce water needed to irrigate orchards scientifically. This new system will lower the water required per tree per day to 300 Liters per day under conventional irrigation, to 180 Liters in summer and 60-80 Liters in winter. This scheme will have a huge impact on the agricultural sector. There are approximately 2 million palm trees in the country.

Gene Bank of Palms

With the goal of increasing the number of high-productivity palm trees and breeding new varieties, a gene bank has been established with 150 varieties. A bank with all the genetic information of all species is the goal. Tissue culture palms have high resistance to disease and rapid growth. Tissue culture palms are not very tall and can be easily harvested and transplanted. Scientists from the UAE have also developed the endangered Arabian ‘Kuttippana,’ a rare and highly prized species. A second project involves expanding the cultivation of mussels and mussels, salmon, hamur fish, and mussels.

Dibba was the first to open a mussel breeding facility. The local market also sells approximately 4 lakh peanuts per month. Exports will increase as more farms are established. Jabal Ali’s state-of the-art farm is equipped to raise the most desired salmon in the UAE, Hamur. These fry are from Norway and Argentina. It can harvest between 10,000 and 15,000 kg each month.

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