Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) has begun distributing a variety of fruit saplings from the Authority's research stations to a number of participants who took part in the home gardening contest in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Western Region. This is being done in association with the Abu Dhabi Municipality.
The initiative was aimed at encouraging people to take to these types of fruits and to promote the idea of fruitful and productive home gardening. This was part of ADFCA's food security and agricultural sustainability strategy. The saplings include four varieties of citrus fruits imported from the US and approved in terms of the quantity and quality of productivity.
These are the best in the class among the 33 types experimented with at the research stations for the purpose of the nursery development plan of ADFCA. The nurseries also include other types of fruits such as mango, guava, fig, grapes, berries, sidr, lemon and others.
Mohamed Jalal Al Rayssi, Director of Communication and Community Service at ADFCA, said that the project was aimed at encouraging UAE nationals to cultivate productive trees through strengthening the idea of home gardening and exploiting the quantities of water used in irrigation for it, in addition to the reasons of aesthetics and fragrance.
Al Rayssi pointed out that experts from ADFCA's research stations would be available throughout the week-long campaign to offer technical support and consultations. "A booklet on how to cultivate, irrigate and care for fruit plants will also be distributed. The team of experts will also monitor the growth, especially against diseases and other detriments to growth," he added.
Al Rayssi said that ADFCA has worked with a number of international research organizations to develop an integrated approach that touches upon all aspects. "The Authority has a comprehensive plan to continue to introduce newer varieties of fruits from a number of countries. All these varieties will be tested against the backdrop of the UAE's climatic conditions," he concluded.