FNC approves general policy on food and water security

ABU DHABI — The Federal National Council has approved a draft federal law amending some provisions of the Federal Law No. 10/2002 on the practicing of veterinary medicine after its amendment during its 11th meeting of the Second Ordinary Session of 16th Legislative Chapter that was held today at its headquarters in Abu Dhabi.

The session was headed by Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Speaker of the FNC. The FNC also agreed on a number of subjects, the creation of clauses and adoption of recommendations during the discussion on the topic of “protection and promotion of food and marine produce,” besides directing four questions regarding education and higher colleges of technology.

The council stressed the importance of adjusting some rulings of the federal law number 10 for the year 2002 about practicing veterinary medicine for strengthening protection and development of the livestock according to the best scientific and international practices and standards, besides maintaining the discipline in the profession of veterinary health practices and raising the work quality of this profession in the light of the applicable legislations and achieving the UAE Vision 2021. It emphasised the government’s strategic goals related to protection and development of livestock and the need to keep up with the demands of the biological security strategy adopted by the government.

The council suggested putting in place short- and medium-range plans about using the best international technologies for water conservation and decreasing production cost, as well as technologies related to greenhouses, bio-saline agriculture, and modern irrigation methods, in addition to reviewing the legislative and legal framework, and the institutional and organisational framework to manage water resources in the country.

It recommended organising awareness programmes on water conservation, including initiatives about the science of artificial precipitation in co-operation with the authorities concerned in the country, re-planning and looking into agricultural investments with the goal of overcoming the problems hindering the growth of these investments, especially those related to the tribal and societal conflicts among the citizens of these countries, and to work on the implementation of the ministry’s work policies and plans to attain the best international certifications in the field of food security and safety.

The council directed four questions to the government representatives about the increase of private school fees and the Council of Ministers’ Decision No. 19 for the year 2006 regarding the nurseries at ministries, authorities, public institutions, governmental departments and courts, on nationalising the profession of bus supervisors in schools and not taking into account the registered and certified sick leaves for the students of higher colleges of technology.

Source: Emirates News Agency