His Excellency Mohammed Al Bawardi, Preacher of State for Support, and also Her Excellency Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Almheiri, Preacher of State for Food Security, attended the official opening of the Al Dahra BayWa Greenhouse in Al Ain.
The event also welcomed H.E. Khadim Al Derai, Vice President of Al Dahra Agricultural Company; H.E. Saeed Albahri Salem Alameri, Director General of Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority; H.E. Khalifa Ahmed Al Ali, Managing Director of Abu Dhabi Food Security Centre; and H.E. Frank Mullen, Dutch Ambassador to the UAE; along with several high-ranking officials
The EUR40-million task-- a joint venture in between BayWa AG from Munich, Germany, as well as Abu Dhabi-based Al Dahra, a popular international leader in agriculture - is the first of its kind on the planet and set to generate 3,000 tonnes of tomatoes per year.
" Facilities such as the Al Dahra BayWa greenhouse are vital to assist the UAE accomplish independent food manufacturing as well as food protection for its people," claimed H.E Mariam Almheiri. "The food partnership is taking significant steps to import brand-new technologies that are based upon ingenious principles as well as advanced knowledge, which are thought about the basis for sustainable food protection and also are among the columns of food security methods. In the UAE, we saw to it that our National Future Food Security Technique includes strategies and also efforts to advertise locally grown, technology-based foods."
" The Strategy is the first of its kind in the world; it aims to develop a structure to make sure food safety in the UAE in both the brief and long terms. The strategy is being created in partnership with prominent choice manufacturers, academics as well as professionals from the federal government and private sectors that are working together to set lasting, long-lasting plans for future food safety and security in the UAE," H.E. Almheiri included.
BayWa CEO Prof. Klaus Josef Lutz lauded the collaboration with Al Dahra Agricultural Company, which caused the commencement of the future-focused Al Dahra BayWa Greenhouse project and is poised to drive the whole agriculture sector onward.
“We consider the UAE to be a prominent and lucrative market with enormous potential for international growth,” Prof. Lutz continued. “We have witnessed increased efforts to bring farmers and consumers closer together, and this development has certainly had its effects on our decision-making process.”
For his part, H.E. Khadim Al Derai reminded the audience of the great emphasis that the UAE's Establishing Papa the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan put on farming, keeping in mind: "We are here today, owing to the forward-thinking instructions of our sensible management, to witness the late Sheikh Zayed's dream become a reality, with agricultural tasks and also lands spread out across the nation."
" The Al Dahra BayWa Company creates component of the UAE's National Future Food Safety Approach," H.E. Al Derai continued. "We see fantastic potential for regional development as well as we are confident that this cooperation has all the necessary conditions for success in the rapidly-growing private sector. Considering that its beginning, the Al Dahra company has actually looked for to support sustainability as well as food security in the UAE, executing numerous effective agriculture jobs to produce as well as trade pet feed, meats, crucial foodstuff, as well as to take care of the supply chain from start to finish. With customers from both the federal government and commercial industries, the business covers considerable geographical locations spread across five continents, satisfying demands in more than 45 markets."
Ending the ceremony, H.E. Mohammed Al Bawardi as well as H.E. Mariam Almheiri were joined by members of the audience on an excursion of the greenhouses and also the sophisticated agriculture methods utilized to generate tomatoes all year long.
Work with the project started in February 2017; it covers a location of 10 hectares, uses the latest farming innovations as well as was prepared and performed under the guidance of top experts. The center takes in 67% much less water than conventional greenhouses - around 750,000 gallons daily - and also the cooling down technology is the very first of its kind on the planet.
The Al Dahra BayWa facility consists of two greenhouses, every one covering five acres. The site creates premium tomatoes for usage in the UAE and with its 2nd greenhouse currently totally operational, expects to gather 3,000 metric tonnes every year. It is expected that the quantity of tomatoes generated will help in reducing the UAE's reliance on imported produce, which currently comprises 90% of all supplies.
The new ranch has been proclaimed as a crucial component in the UAE's National Future Food Safety Approach that intends to guarantee sufficient food production for the country with a minimal use resources and with a reliance on those sources that are sustainable by fostering of advanced modern technologies that adjust to UAE's environment.
Around 100 individuals are used in different functions in the Al Dahra BayWa greenhouse, with its pickers specially educated to choose just the fruit at the best stage of perfection for the racks. The harvested tomatoes are evaluated as well as packaged immediately, with the product packaging established according to sustainability concepts and also the film able to be resealed over 20 times.