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Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri and
Saeed Al Bahri Salem Al Ameri

UAE ensures security in food supply ecosystems

DUBAI, March 26, 2020

The Emirates Food Security Council has held a remote meeting to discuss the latest developments in the food security ecosystem and supply chain, and assess its readiness to keep up with the rapid changes sweeping across various markets.

The Council examined the various systems set up to monitor food imports and the flow of agri-food goods and items, in addition to discussing the progress made on the programme to diversify food import sources and the communication plan bringing together all players of the food security ecosystem.

Chaired by Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of State for Food Security, the meeting’s agenda included tasking the Councils’s Evaluation and Monitoring Team with following up on changes that may occur along the supply chain in the UAE. Participants asserted that food supply chains were operating with utmost efficiency and that local production is working to boost its capacity.

“Strengthening principal food supply chains to provide nourishment for every member of the community is a top priority for the UAE, and this in line with the directives from our wise leadership,” asserted Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri

“The UAE Food Security Council is working to implement the National Food Security Strategy, which seeks to facilitate the trade of food, implement tech-powered food production, reduce food waste and loss, ensure food safety and sustain food systems, and manage food-related risks and crises.

“The UAE has built an integrated food security ecosystem in collaboration with various federal and local government entities, the private sector, and the community. It resonates with the efforts the UAE is undertaking to take all necessary precautions, address potential challenges, and propose solutions for them.

“The Evaluation and Monitoring Team will closely monitor developments across the local and international food security ecosystem.  Meanwhile, the Council will set plans and programmes to boost local production, diversify sources, and manage the entirety of the food value change in these extraordinary times,” she added.

Saeed Al Bahri Salem Al Ameri, director-general of Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA), noted that over 40 varieties of crops are cultivated in a commercial way to meet consumers’ needs. Regarding the animal production, Abu Dhabi has 3.47 million of animal heads, adding that camel meat fulfils 100% of domestic consumption, while sheep meat covers about 26% of the total domestic consumption in the UAE.

“We are committed to the leadership’s directives to enhance food security system and increase reliance on local production. This year, we work on increasing plant and animal production in Abu Dhabi by over 13% from the previous year. We also seek to strengthen our partnership with the private sector, and to encourage agricultural and food companies to invest more in agriculture and food industries,” he stated.

“In 2019, ADAFSA signed four cooperation agreements aim at increasing agricultural and food-related investments in the emirate and the market share of local product. In addition to approving seven investment projects by Abu Dhabi Investment Office, ADAFSA announced 17 investment opportunities in agriculture and food industries in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, to increase local production throughout the year, and to enhance the food security system,” Al Ameri concluded. – TradeArabia News Service




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