The UAE is set to expand agricultural investment operations in other countries, as part of its efforts to strengthen the country’s food security system. The focus of the country’s overseas agricultural investments would involve strategic food crops such as wheat, rice, vegetables and fruits and livestock.
Essa Al Hashmi, assistant under-secretary of the Ministry for Sustainable Communities and acting assistant under-secretary for Green Development and Climate Change: “The government is in the process of strengthening the country’s food security system through a comprehensive range of policies that include promoting cooperation with other countries and markets, diversifying sources, and attracting local and foreign agricultural investment.”
Al Hashmi also said the ministry has adopted the highest food safety systems to ensure compliance to its requirements and specifications. The UAE’s food import rate increased by 21 percent in the first half of 2022, recording over 41,000 tons of imported food on a daily basis, the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment said.