UAE pavilion at BIGS receives thousands of visitors
2/24/2018 11:00 PM

The UAE pavilion at Bahrain International Garden Show (BIGS) 2018, represented by Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) and Abu Dhabi Farmers' Services Centre (ADFSC), is witnessing great turnout from thousands of visitors, investors, and school and university students. The show is being organized by the National Initiative For Agricultural Development from 22 to 25 February 2018 in Manama, under the slogan of "Food Safety and Human Health."


In this regard, Thamer Rashed Al Qasemi, ADFCA's Official Spokesperson, said: "The authority's participation aims to promote its role as an internationally recognized food and agriculture organization that contributes to the well-being of society. It came within ADFCA's strategy to develop a sustainable agriculture and food sector by promoting the local and international best practices followed in the field of food safety and agriculture, as well as implementing integrated awareness plans and programs to ensure food safety throughout the food chain. Moreover, ADFCA's participation reflects its keenness to highlight the long-standing reputation of Abu Dhabi as a perfect environment for living and entrepreneurship."


He added that the UAE pavilion showcases the significant achievements made by the country in the field of agriculture and food safety, and introduces visitors to all community activities and services offered by ADFCA. The pavilion also highlights the role of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, in protecting the environment, his interest in agriculture and plantation, and his significant contributions to the unique agricultural renaissance achieved by the country during the past few decades by adopting sound agricultural practices and innovating programs to support and develop farmers.


"The pavilion also features the distribution of thousands of awareness leaflets and CDs of "Zadna" animation film. The film aims to raise awareness of children about the environmental, agricultural and food practices, such as food safety, home garden, smart shopping, safe storage of foodstuffs, diseases that transmit from animals to humans, sacrificial animals, and other important topics," Al Qasemi clarified.


Al Qasemi noted that the UAE pavilion received elite of visitors and investors interested in the agriculture sector during the show's first days. He added that the authority was keen to introduce them to the huge investment opportunities and legislative framework developed by the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the UAE in general with regard to agriculture and food industries sectors.  Furthermore, he pointed out the UAE has succeeded to nationalize several important strategic industries, promoting the status of the UAE and the Gulf region as hubs for the most important food industries.

Al Qasemi added that BIGS is an important bridge for cooperation with leading agricultural and food innovation institutions. It also offers a perfect opportunity to exchange expertise regarding environmental and agricultural sustainability.


"During its participation, ADFCA, in collaboration with ADFSC, has promoted SIAL Middle East exhibition and the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture being hosted by the Emirate of Abu Dhabi each year, as they are the region's largest events in areas of food and agriculture," Al Qasemi stated.


For his side, Ali Yousef Al Saad, Director of Communication at ADFSC, stressed that the center's participation in the show aims at highlighting its efforts to implement the general vision of Abu Dhabi Government in the field of agriculture and helping farmers to apply sound agricultural practices and manage the available resources to ensure its sustainability for future generations.


"Since its inception, the center has been working to spread the culture of sustainable agriculture among farmers and encourage them to apply sound practices to grow profitable crops, which increases the income of farms' owners. The center also offers a package of services that help farmers to adopt modern farming methods and market their products in a way that ensures the competitiveness of local products in the market. In addition, it qualifies farmers for obtaining Global GAP certification and encourages the shift from traditional to organic farming in accordance with an ambitious program to convert about 100 farms over the next four years," Al Saad added.


He noted that BIGS is one of the most prominent shows in the region and represents a destination for most interested in agriculture. Consequently, it is an opportunity to learn about new experiences in the field of agriculture and promote the efforts of Abu Dhabi Government in this area, particularly efforts to modernize farming systems and reliance on greenhouses and hydroponics systems to ensure optimum use of resources.


As part of its participation, ADFSC is presenting the best agriculture practices in Abu Dhabi's farms, showcasing its local products "Local Harvest", highlighting features of local products, and promoting the integrated farm to fork "food chain" approach.

The participation of the UAE delegation included field visits to farms and food establishments to explore the modern methods used in agriculture and the promotion of agricultural products. They briefed on Bahrain's efforts in the field of agricultural and food safety.


Since its inception in 2004, the BIGS has become a platform for both experts and enthusiasts to develop their expertise in this area. It is an important place for investors who are looking for agricultural investment opportunities. BIGS brings agricultural organizations and companies together from around the world to showcase their products, innovations, and expertise.

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