The emirate of Abu Dhabi has introduced 15 new economic activities for small-scale farmers, in a bid to boost the agricultural sector. With the special licences issued to the farmers in Abu Dhabi, they can now sell their products directly to merchants and retail stores, an official said on Saturday.
Saeed Al Bahri Salem Al Ameri, director-general of the Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA), said that the issuance of special licenses authorise farmers to engage in marketing activities. "There is no doubt that this is going to reflect positively on agricultural practices and post-harvest operations, which in turn will lead to high economic return from agriculture sector," he said. The emirate has introduced 15 new economic activities for small-scale farmers, in a bid to boost the agricultural sector.
The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (Added), in cooperation with the ADAFSA, aims to raise the agricultural sector's contribution to the GDP and enable farmers to directly supply their products to sales outlets.
There will be advisory and technical support services provided through 27 centres, intended to help farmers adopt the sector's ideal farming practices and tips on post-harvest operations. The latest package of activities is aimed at small-scale producers who cultivate wheat, corn, barley, leguminous vegetables, oil seeds, vegetables, roots, tubers, melons, flowers, buds, palms, fruits, citrus fruits, nuts, and fruit seeds from which spices and aromatic plants are extracted.