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Sheikh Mohamed reviews measures to boost productivity and sustainability



By WAM

Published: Sun, Jun 5, 2022, 9:39 PM

Last update: Sun, Jun 5, 2022, 9:57 PM

As part of his field visits to various emirates, President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan visited the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) in Dubai, which specializes in agricultural research aimed at improving the agricultural productivity and sustainability in saline and marginal environments. .

Upon his arrival, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed was received by Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of Climate Change and Environment; Razan Al Mubarak, Director General of the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD), President of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Chairman of the ICBA Board; Dr. Tarifa Al Zaabi, Deputy Director General of ICBA, and a number of center officials.

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At the start of his tour, the President of the United Arab Emirates planted a Ghaf tree, which is known for its ability to withstand harsh climatic and environmental conditions and has acquired special symbolism in the history and identity of the Arab Emirates. United.

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Sheikh Mohamed’s visit included the outdoor area, which includes various trees that have been specially planted and experimented on, especially plants that tolerate salinity. The tour also included the Desert Life Sciences Laboratory, Genebank and the Emirates Soil Museum.

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The President listened to explanations from ICBA officials on their most significant achievements, their national, regional and international partnerships and areas of work, in addition to their future research plans. Officials detailed plans that include research on sustainable natural resource management, irrigation efficiency, remote sensing, climate-adaptive crops, and genome research for healthier crops, among others.

The President of the UAE commended the efforts of the staff at the center and the important role that ICBA plays in one of the most important areas related to development in the UAE and in the world – agriculture and agriculture. water.

His Highness emphasized that ICBA embodies the leading role of the UAE in achieving sustainable development regionally and globally, investing in knowledge, innovation and scientific research to find solutions to the challenges facing face biosaline agriculture and soil problems. It also innovates in modern methods of optimal use of water for agriculture and develops agricultural strains capable of adapting to difficult environmental and climatic conditions.

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Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed said the UAE places high priority on food security in its development plans. Thus, he is interested in agriculture and the use of the latest scientific and technological methods to advance agriculture and increase productivity. He said the work of ICBA confirms the UAE’s belief that science is the primary means to address the challenges facing humanity in various fields, especially agriculture and water.

At the end of his tour, His Highness expressed his best wishes to the staff and management of the center, and urged them to continue to supplement the national plans for agriculture, food security and water with ideas and more important innovations.

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For her part, Mariam Almheiri said Sheikh Mohamed’s visit to ICBA “reflects the extent of the care, attention and support provided by our wise leadership to the research, development and innovation system, and the breadth of what this system represents. It serves as a strategic pillar to achieve our country’s goals in creating a better future for current and future generations.”

She pointed out that the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, in cooperation with ICBA and other strategic partners from the public and private sectors, wishes to strengthen research, development and innovation capacities to stimulate the pace climate action and explore new solutions. that contribute to enhancing food security.

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Almheiri commended ICBA’s efforts to support and improve continuous and effective research and development.

Razan Al Mubarak, said: “More than ever and in the context of climate change, there is a need to invest in research to develop innovative, low capital and replicable food production systems and factories that do not depend on intensive use of energy and are adapted to degraded soils Under the leadership of the President, ICBA will continue to develop agricultural techniques that contribute to food security.

For his part, Dr. Tarifa Al Zaabi said, “We are deeply honored to welcome His Highness to ICBA. two decades. It was a great opportunity to introduce His Highness to the best biosaline farming practices that have been developed by scientists and demonstrated to over 30,000 farmers. His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan‘s visit highlights the special attention given by the UAE government to scientific research and development in the field of agriculture.

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ICBA staff expressed their joy at the UAE President’s visit and said it gave them a new impetus to work harder in the future.

ICBA was established in 1999 under the visionary leadership of the Government of the United Arab Emirates, the Abu Dhabi Environment Agency and the Islamic Development Bank. Its research for development activities and programs are supported by its founders – the Government of the United Arab Emirates and the Islamic Development Bank.

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Over the years, ICBA has established itself as a global center of excellence and a key partner in research for development in different regions. It focuses on developing tailored solutions for marginal environments and has partners in over 50 countries, allowing it to leverage a large pool of diverse expertise to achieve greater impact on the ground.

The center has carried out research for development activities and programs in some 40 countries in Central Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, the South Caucasus and Sub-Saharan Africa. .

The center has also developed and introduced 24 technologies and cultures in around 30 countries. They range from improved quinoa and Salicornia genotypes to drought monitoring solutions. As part of its plant genetic resources program, ICBA has distributed nearly 9,000 seed samples to scientists, farmers and other stakeholders in 57 countries.

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