Being part of efforts to strengthen the continuous cooperation among government entities in the country, especially in Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority has received recently a delegation from Environment Agency- Abu Dhabi.
The visit focused on reviewing ADFCA's procedures for licensing and inspecting animal production farms in order to ensure that they contribute best in protecting the environment and in view of seeking further development in the procedures.
The control Sector at ADFCA has started issuing license for small-size animal production farms in line with the decision of General Secretariat of Executive Council to grant small- scale farmers trade licenses in order to promote their products and to support efforts to achieve food security with a focus on food safety, bio-security and sustainability.
The procedure starts with the study of construction plan which focuses on sites, facilities and spaces given between the facilities, distance with neighboring farms and the type of activity applied for.
It is learnt that, according to Federal Law No. 24 of 1999 ( with the amendment of 2006) pertaining to the protection of environment, the owner of the farm has to submit an environment impact study before he gets the No-Objection to proceed for Municipality clearances regarding construction.
The owner shall be obliged to ensure that all requirements are being fulfilled throughout the stages of construction as well as be prepared to have the field visit on the facility to inspect the food safety and bio security situation, before the activity starts.