In cooperation with Statistics Centre − Abu Dhabi (SCAD), the Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA) announced results of farm survey of 2019, covering all commercial farms in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The survey divided commercial farms by type of animals bred to cattle-breeding farms and those for rearing poultry of all kinds, broiler, layer and breeders' farms.
This comes in line with both sides' efforts to provide comprehensive information on commercial farms' statistics, such as the herd composition and movement, number of cattle, and accurate data on production quantity and value.
In this regard, H.E. Mubarak Ali Al Mansouri, Acting Executive Director of ADAFSA's Development Sector, said the survey results showed an increase in poultry meat production recording 24,632 tons in 2019, increasing by 10% compared to 2018. He noted that poultry production's value amounted to AED 327.4 million, as the survey covered 11 broiler farms with a capacity of 3.6 million birds.
Al Mansouri added the survey showed an increase in the production of table eggs by 6.9% in layer poultry farms compared to 2018, producing 566.4 million eggs in 2019, with a production value amounted to AED 208.8 million. The survey covered nine layer poultry farms with a capacity of 3.5 million birds.
"The survey also covered 16 cattle farms for dairy production, with a capacity of 40,900 heads. The figures showed the total number of cattle in these farms reached 30,000 heads in 2019, increasing by 12.6% compared to 2018. Meanwhile, new born cattle reached 15,706 heads during 2019," Al Mansouri indicated.
Furthermore, the statistics indicated the percentage of female cattle reached 94.8% out of the total number of cattle, while the percentage distribution of cattle number in commercial farms by age included 55.0% of cattle above 2 years, 26% of cattle aged 1-2 years, and 18.8% of cattle less than one year. In addition, milk production amounted to 150,300 tons in 2019, at a value of AED 319.4 million.
In the same context, ADAFSA and SCAD have conducted a survey covering 216 animal production farms for small-scale producers in 2019. The number of these farms by type included 213 broiler poultry farms, which is 99% of the total number of small-scale producers' farms, and three layer poultry farms. Small-scale producers' farms are known for low production volume compared to commercial farms, as their establishment requires prior authorization from official authorities.
According to the survey, the amount of poultry meat production in small-scale producers' broiler farms reached 20,592 tons, while layer farms' production recorded 8.4 million eggs. ADAFSA is monitoring the commercial farms' activity to support and improve their production volume, thus supporting local markets and enhancing food security in Abu Dhabi and the UAE.
Additionally, ADAFSA provides smart support to commercial farms and small-scale producers, by linking its support to farms' production according to clear mechanisms and plans, thus improving the local product's contribution to markets. Moreover, ADAFSA offers guidance to livestock breeders to help them find effective solutions for all challenges, thus realizing sustainable development in the livestock sector and increasing its contribution to the food security system.
ADAFSA carries out technical and material support programs targeting commercial and small-scale producers' farms in Abu Dhabi Emirate, to improve their productivity and ensure their commitment to biosecurity requirements and best practices. ADAFSA's support includes providing extension services, technical advice and compound feed for these farms. In addition, ADAFSA is following up the process of advancing this sector by developing supportive legislation, preparing and implementing integrated plans and programs, conducting the necessary studies and research, and contacting with farm owners directly and constantly, to define their needs and discuss opportunities to increase their farms' production.