UAE partakes in 1st Jordan International Agricultural Forum and AOAD General Assembly

AMMAN, A UAE delegation, led by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, MOCCAE, has participated in the first Jordan International Agricultural Forum and the 35th session of the General Assembly of the Arab Organisation for Agricultural Development, AOAD, in the Dead Sea region, Jordan on April 25th and 26th.

The UAE delegation was led by Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al-Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, and comprised of high-level officials from the Ministry as well as representatives of the private sector.

Dr. Al-Zeyoudi attended the Forum and associated exhibition and held bilateral meetings with several Arab ministers concerned with environment and climate change to discuss further areas of cooperation in agriculture, livestock and fisheries.

While addressing the AOAD General Assembly on behalf of the UAE, Al-Zeyoudi said, “Since the UAE was founded by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Man of the Environment, it has adopted trends and policies supportive of agricultural growth. Through these policies, we strive to play our part in environmental protection and natural resources conservation, as well as drive agricultural growth by identifying the mechanisms for optimising the use of modern technology in agriculture.”

The Minister added that to meet sustainability challenges, the UAE leadership has devised Vision 2021 which targets achieving sustainability in various sectors, namely environment protection, natural resources conservation, agriculture, and biodiversity.

He pointed out that the UAE has not only focused on increasing the area of arable land by traditional methods, but also established an integrated innovative system that ensures the resources necessary for improving productivity as well as increasing arable land are in place. He went on to say that the UAE is adopting smart agricultural systems that are significantly more efficient in consuming natural resources and conserving the energy, such as hydroponic and organic farming.

The two-day forum discussed working papers on food security and sustainable agriculture in light of water scarcity as well as climate change, domestic and external investment, marketing, agricultural transformation and job creation. On the sidelines of the Forum, the Food and Agriculture Organisation, FAO, of the United Nations held several meetings with partners.

Source: Emirates News Agency