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|02 August, 2018

UAE launches advanced farm technologies scheme

The UAE has launched a programme that aims to accelerate the process of adopting advanced agricultural technologies in the country.

Vegetables hydroponics,Fresh organic vegetable in hydroponic vegetable field.

Vegetables hydroponics,Fresh organic vegetable in hydroponic vegetable field.

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The UAE has launched a programme that aims to accelerate the process of adopting advanced agricultural technologies in the country.

Unveiling the joint programme between the Future Food Security Office and the Government Accelerators at the Emirates Towers in Dubai, Mariam Hareb Almheiri, Minister of State for Future Food Security, highlighted the importance of adopting advanced agricultural technologies to ensure the UAE’s future food security while noting that their introduction will raise the country’s competitiveness in this area, said a Wam news agency report.

The event was attended by over 50 representatives of federal and local government authorities and the private sector.

"We desire to cooperate with our strategic partners from relevant sectors and institutions, to create a comprehensive plan to improve crop quality and raise productivity, by adopting practical approaches based on the adoption of agricultural technologies during all stages of production," Almheiri said.

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She added that the ministry’s partnership with the Government Accelerators programme will play a key role in achieving the desired progress of the country’s agricultural sector.

The programme includes two specific initiatives, with the first focussing on the adoption of modern technology for Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA Ag-Tech), while the second aims to promote the country’s aquaculture sector,  AquaTrack.

The first session of the programme saw the adoption of a set of practical steps that will ensure the implementation a range of initiatives by federal and local authorities over 100 days, which will be declared along with the "National Food Security Strategy."

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