- Feb 13, 2005
- Reaction score
- Wildwood New Jersey
UAE examines farm future
DUBAI // The UAE is examining desert reclamation initiatives to boost its agriculture sector, a senior minister says.
Several research projects are also studying the best methods to fully utilise the land.
According to Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, the Minister of Environment and Water, the UAE has reached 100 per cent self-sufficiency in production of dates and fish, 92 per cent self-sufficiency in dairy production, 32 per cent in vegetable cultivation and between 10 and 25 per cent self-sufficiency in meat and poultry production.
Government-backed initiatives to plant shrubs and date palms, particularly on the UAE's islands, have grown more aggressive in recent years as the rapidly rising population has forced the Government to push for greater self-sufficiency, particularly since only about six per cent of Abu Dhabi's land is cultivated.
Often over the years I have heard some say we should withhold food until the arabs start pumping oil..
apparently they are listening... and responding..
Farming in the desert.
to see full screen click the four arrow symbol in the far lower right corner of the small screen/
for those who can only see youtube..
I sure wish our politicians were as responsive to the challenges that face US