Dr Jacques Diouf, Director-General of the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization (F.A.O.), toured the farm on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi as part of his official visit to the U.A.E.
Abu Dhabi Organic Farms will go into full production by the end of this year with a range of fruit, vegetables, meat and dairy products grown and harvested on its site.
Its produce will cost the same as non-organic foodstuffs.
Dr. Jacques Diouf was impressed that such a variety of fruit and vegetables could grow in the desert and called the project “very innovative”. He stressed that the area needs people who promote such initiatives.
“Having support at the highest political level is welcome, especially in Abu Dhabi, where H.H. Sheikh Zayed has led the Bio-development” he continued, noting the importance of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s support for this project.
Khalid Al Shamsi, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Organics Group, said the recognition of such high profile bodies as the U.N. was an important step to realising the goal of providing a healthier lifestyle to everyone.
This initiative has been driven by the direct instructions of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the U.A.E. Armed Forces and Chairman of the Executive Council.
“This is an important project, both for Abu Dhabi and the rest of the Emirates, so it’s crucial we work with the very best,” said Mr Al Shamsi.
“We are honoured to host the United Nations’ largest specialist agency, and we look forward to continuing to benefit from their advice and support as we move towards the launch of our unique products,” he continued.
Kayan Jaff, a representative of the F.A.O. in the U.A.E. said “The visit of the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Dr Jacques Diouf, to Abu Dhabi Organic Farms underscores the importance of sustainable agriculture and its production chain of initiatives”.
He also showed his support to Abu Dhabi Organic Farms by saying “The F.A.O. encourages and supports the ingenuity of organic farmers who have to deal with harsh climates and terrain and yet manage to produce an abundance of organic produce”.
The pilot project has been cultivating organic food for the past five years, in which time Abu Dhabi Organics Group has been distributing its fruit, vegetables and herbs to selected companies and individuals.
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