Connect with us


Al Dahra Agriculture, Elite Agro Holding join ADAFSA’ s Fodder Market

ABU DHABI, 21st September, 2023 (WAM) — Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA) has announced that Al Dahra Agriculture and Elite Agro Holding have joined the Fodder Market agreements. The agreements are designed to ensure the provision of high-quality grass and concentrated fodder to the UAE's livestock sector.

The agreements were signed by Saeed Al Bahri Al Ameri, Director-General of Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority, Arnoud van den Berg, Group Chief Executive Officer of Al Dahra Agriculture, and Dr. Abdul Moneim Al Marzouqi, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Elite Agro Holding.

Al Dahra Agriculture is a leading company in the cultivation, production, and supply of animal fodder and food crops, with a land bank of over 400,000 acres of owned and leased lands across 20 countries, and 15 feed factories producing more than 40 feed products. By joining the Fodder Market agreement, Al Dahra Agriculture will supply animal feed on a large scale through 15 outlets within the Fodder Market and aim to meet the requirements of the livestock sector in various emirates.

Elite Agro Holding, a local agricultural investment entity, operates four farms within the UAE and multiple farms worldwide, producing fodder, vegetables and fruits. The entity’s participation in the Fodder Market agreement will see Elite Agro Holding provide an array of high-quality animal feed through four dedicated outlets within the Fodder Market.

Dr. Mariam Hareb Al Suwaidi, Deputy Director-General for Operational Affairs at ADAFSA, said, "The joining of these two leading companies to the Fodder Market agreements represents a great impetus for the market and platform to ensure the provision of high-quality fodder, meet the needs of the livestock sector and contribute to enhancing agricultural sustainability and economic development in the UAE."

She added that the addition of Al Dahra Agriculture and Elite Agro Holding to the Fodder Market agreements reflects their commitment to strengthening fodder supply and contributing to the development of livestock. This step comes within the framework of the continuous efforts of ADAFSA to achieve the sustainability of the agricultural sector, both plant and animal, aligning with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Presidential Court and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority, to support livestock breeders and strengthen partnerships with the private sector.

She explained that ADAFSA is committed to providing an enabling investment environment for all national companies operating in the fodder sector. Al Suwaidi also expressed her pleasure to cooperate with all companies and work together to build a partnership that contributes to enhancing ADAFSA's ability to meet the requirements of livestock and achieve its strategic goals of global leadership in food security.

Arnoud van den Berg, Al Dahra Group Chief Executive Officer, said, “This programme is a promising opportunity to develop animal feed businesses in UAE and is a continuation of more than 16 years of collaboration and partnership between Al Dahra Agriculture and ADAFSA delivering best feed and support UAE’s food security.”

Dr Abdulmonem Al Marzouqi, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Elite Agro Holding, said that the fodder market is a key part of the UAE's agricultural sector and plays a significant role in meeting the needs of the livestock sector and increasing the production of milk, meat, dairy and poultry.

Elite Agro Holding plays an important role in the fodder market by providing advanced, high-quality and locally produced fodder on their farms. The fodder meets the needs of breeders and helps them make the most of livestock resources. Elite Agro Holding uses advanced technology and high standards in fodder production processes, and also conducts continuous research and development to improve the composition of fodder according to the needs of different livestock.

Elite Agro Holding also works at the Weshah Fodder Centre in Al Dhaid, Sharjah, which distributes animal feed to beneficiaries in the Northern Emirates, serving 14,700 beneficiaries.

Dr Al Marzouqi added that Elite Agro Holding is committed to implementing specific agricultural and environmental policies and standards, supporting the UAE to further enhance domestic production of livestock and reduce dependence on foreign imports. This will help to achieve sustainable economic development, create local jobs and enhance the UAE's ability to meet its growing food needs.

ADAFSA had recently signed Fodder Market agreements with 13 national companies to provide herbal and concentrated fodder and ensure the sustainable supply of fodder through the Fodder Market. There are already 16 markets in Abu Dhabi including 85 outlets allocated to 30 companies for the sale and marketing of animal feed. More of these markets will be established with the inclusion of more companies specialised in the sale and marketing of feed.

The market serves around 40,000 breeders nationwide and meets the needs of more than 5 million livestock.

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Hamriyah and Deira ports record AED 12.133b in customs declaration value for first nine months of 2023

Dubai Customs plays a crucial role as the frontline defense for community security, consistently advancing its customs centers to safeguard and facilitate maritime trade. H.E. Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director General of Dubai Customs, CEO of
Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, recently visited Creek Customs Center, Deira Port, and Hamriyah Port Customs Center to evaluate progress and oversee ongoing efforts for continuous customs service development. During this visit, several executive directors, department heads, and customs center managers were present.

Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, accompanied by Rashid Al Dhabah Al Suwaidi, Acting Director of Seae Customs Centers Management, conducted inspections at Khor Customs Center, Deira Port, and Hamriyah Port Customs Center. Managers Abdulaziz Ibrahim Al Salman and Majid Salem Al Tawilah provided insights into workflow progress and accomplishments. Over the first nine months of this year, 62,454 customs declarations were processed, totaling AED 12.133 billion, with 19 seizures recorded during the same period. A visit to Hamriyah Port Customs Center showcased an advanced container X-ray inspection device, supporting increased inspection operations.

Subsequently, visits to Khor Customs Center and Deira Port highlighted achievements, including a notable seizure called the “Wheelhouse,” which successfully prevented an attempt to smuggle 243 kilograms of narcotics into the country. Commending customs employees, Ahmed Mahboob Musabih emphasized the pivotal role of maritime customs centers in ensuring community security and facilitating trade. The department collaborates for efficient goods clearance and acknowledges employee efforts
during the COVID-19 pandemic, contributing to the department’s support for global efforts to revive maritime navigation and international trade.

Musabih clarified that the department’s advanced capabilities in monitoring and inspection enable it to keep pace with the UAE’s rapid foreign trade growth. Supporting Dubai’s economic agenda D33, the department aims to double foreign trade and enhance economic partnerships with key global markets. Efforts to boost customs inspector efficiency continue through training courses, ensuring their ability to thwart smuggling attempts. Continuous development of X-ray scanning
devices and the K9 customs dog unit further enhances contraband control achievements. Rasheed Al-Dabah explained that the forthcoming period will witness the advancement of new initiatives and mechanisms in the realm of inspection and examination. These initiatives are grounded in a forward-looking perspective to introduce cutting-edge technologies utilized in examining maritime transport vessels, wooden ships, and ships engaged in fish trade.

He remarked, “Our endeavors are harmonized to enhance performance in sea customs centers, concurrently focusing on bolstering monitoring, tracking, and technical support activities to yield optimal outcomes through continuous and productive collaboration among all specialized teams within the department. The Customs centers in Deira, Al Khor, and
Hamriyah Port Customs Center shoulder their vital responsibilities in safeguarding society and facilitating maritime trade through Dubai Creek and Hamriyah Port, supporting the ongoing growth of the national economy.”

Continue Reading


Dubai Customs Hosts Sharjah Housing Delegation to Strengthen Government Communication Ties

Dubai Customs, represented by the Corporate Communication Department, warmly welcomed a delegation from the Sharjah Housing Department. The purpose of the visit was to familiarize the delegation with the duties and responsibilities of the
Corporate Communication Department and its affiliated divisions. The delegation also aimed to explore the awards received by the department, notably the recognition as the Best Government Communication Team in the Sharjah Government Communication Award for 2023.

Khalil Saqer bin Gharib, Director of Corporate Communication Department, along with department managers, extended a cordial reception to the Sharjah Housing delegation, which included Dr. Ahmed Rashid Al Nuaimi, Director of Government Communication, Nada Sivan, Head of the Public Relations and Events Department, and Hamad Saleh Al Hamadi, Head of
the New Media Department. Bin Gharib highlighted the department’s commitment to strengthening communication with government entities to exchange practical experiences and knowledge. The delegation was briefed on Dubai Customs exceptional performance in customs operations and other facets.

The meeting delved into discussions on potential avenues for collaboration, with the Sharjah Housing delegation. Emphasis was placed on the crucial role played by Dubai Customs’ Corporate Communication Department, customs administrations, and centers in ensuring security and safeguarding society. The delegation was presented with an overview of the department’s working mechanisms, awareness campaigns, events, and activities conducted internally and externally, aligning with Dubai Customs esteemed reputation.

Furthermore, the Sharjah Housing delegation acquired an understanding of the best media practices adopted by the Corporate Communication Department, showcasing its outstanding performance in enhancing knowledge and media dissemination to all partners. This has resulted in the department establishing and fortifying relationships with local and international media
entities. The presentation also encompassed the factors contributing to the department’s receipt of the award for the Best Government Communication Team in the Sharjah Government Communication Award.

Dr. Ahmed Rashid Al Nuaimi, Director of Government Communication at Sharjah Housing, expressed appreciation for the efforts of Dubai Customs Corporate Communication Department, acknowledging its excellence and significant contribution to enhancing the department’s standing. Dr. Al Nuaimi affirmed Sharjah Housing’s commitment to fostering ongoing visits and meetings with Dubai Customs, aiming to achieve the highest level of coordination and benefit from the Corporate Communication Departmen’s experience in securing numerous local and international awards.

Continue Reading


Zayed Sustainability Prize opens submissions for 2025 cycle

The Zayed Sustainability Prize, the UAE’s pioneering global sustainability and humanitarian award, has officially announced that the 2025 cycle is now open for submissions.  Submissions will be accepted until 23 June 2024 through the Prize’s online portal. Small to medium enterprises (SMEs), nonprofit organisations (NPOs) and high schools with sustainable solutions are invited to submit an entry for consideration in one of the six categories of Heath, Food, Energy, Water, Climate Action and Global High Schools. Commenting on the launch of the 2025 submissions cycle, H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, Director General of the Zayed Sustainability Prize, and COP28 President, said: “Since 2008, the
Zayed Sustainability Prize has honoured the legacy of Sheikh Zayed by fostering inclusive sustainable and humanitarian development around the world. In this decisive decade for climate change, these values are more important than ever. I am optimistic that the Prize will contribute to global climate action in line with the UAE Consensus, which will pave the
way toward an effective response to the Global Stocktake decision.” In response to the pressing climate crisis, and to further support the UAE’s efforts to accelerate practical solutions needed to drive climate action and uplift vulnerable communities around the world, the Prize has increased its funds from US $3.6 million to US $5.9 million. The Prize will reward US $1 million to each winner in the organisational categories of Health, Food, Energy, Water and Climate Action. Within the Global High Schools category, which is split into six world regions, each school can claim up to US $150,000 to start or further expand their project. The six world regions of the Global High Schools category are The Americas, Europe and Central Asia, Middle East and North Africa, Sub- Saharan Africa, South Asia, and East Asia and Pacific. The most recent Zayed Sustainability Prize winners were recognised at an Awards Ceremony held during COP28 UAE. To encourage a broader range of organisations and high schools to participate, the Prize will be accepting submissions in multiple languages, including Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish, and Portuguese. This will ensure that innovative solutions from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds can be recognised. For the Health, Food, Energy, Water and Climate Action categories, organisations should prove that they are improving access to essential products or services in their targeted communities and are able to implement a long-term vision for better living and working conditions. For the Global High Schools category, projects should be led by students, and must demonstrate innovative approaches to address sustainability challenges. The evaluation of each submission to the Prize consists of a rigorous, three-stage process. First, due diligence is conducted on all submissions to ensure that they meet the Prize’s evaluation criteria of Impact, Innovation, and Inspiration. This identifies the qualified entries and results in the selection of eligible candidates. Following this, evaluations are undertaken by a Selection Committee consisting of category-specific panels of independent international experts. From this shortlist of candidates, the finalists are chosen and then sent to the Prize Jury who unanimously elect the winners across all six categories.   Winners of the Zayed Sustainability Prize will be announced at an Awards Ceremony during the 2025 Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW).

Continue Reading