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Livestock health & sustainability strategic priority: Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority

Edited by: Muhammad Aamir

ABU DHABI, 21st September, 2023 (WAM) — The Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA) is dedicated to bolstering livestock health, sustainability, and biosecurity in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. This commitment stands as a strategic imperative for the Authority, as it endeavours to propel the livestock and animal production sector toward sustainable growth and the fortification of essential food security measures.

Rashid bin Rassas Al Mansouri, Executive Director of ADAFSA's Animal Wealth sector, told the Emirates News Agency (WAM) that the Authority is committed to finding sustainable solutions to improve animal health with minimal environmental impact. He cited a 2022 report by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) that found improving animal health can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. He also stressed the need for more precise measurement of progress to help countries include reducing emissions in their national climate commitments.

He said that the Authority actively contributes to enhancing livestock health in Abu Dhabi through a comprehensive system encompassing health facilities, veterinary professionals, vaccination campaigns, and biosecurity measures. Their services also facilitate immediate responses to emergencies and the containment of epidemic diseases.

He pointed out that the Authority prioritises the development of veterinary services by providing advanced equipment, specialised training, and opportunities for participation in conferences and scientific research.

Mira Al Kalbani, Director, Livestock Health Extension, ADAFSA, told WAM that the Authority provides various diagnostic and therapeutic services to all 23,000 livestock breeders in the three regions of the emirate: Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and Al Dhafra. The Authority has 3 main hospitals (Al-Qattara, Al-Wathba, and Madinat Zayed) and 19 clinics distributed across the emirate, including Al-Salaa, Ghayathi, Hasan, Al-Tharwaniyah, Mzaira’a, Dalma, Al-Mirfa’, Al-Khazna, Al-Samha, Al-Khatm, Masaken, Al-Malqam, Al-Faqa’, Bukaria, Al-Awiya, Saih Sabra, Al-Qu’a, Al-Sad, and Sweihan. The Authority has 115 veterinary doctors and technicians working in these facilities.

She added that the Authority has strengthened its veterinary and therapeutic services, covering 100 percent of customer requests and vaccinating over 80 percent of livestock against cross-border epidemic diseases. In the 2022/2023 vaccination campaign, the Authority provided about 3.5 million doses of foot-and-mouth disease vaccine, 1.5 million doses of cetivitis vaccine, and 2 million doses of the peste des petits ruminants vaccine.

In addition to its veterinary and therapeutic services, ADAFSA is also committed to scientific research and development. The Authority has launched the first atlas of surgical diseases of the one-humped camel, which is considered an atlas of surgery. The first of its kind at the local and global levels and serves as an accredited global reference for veterinary students in the field of camel (one-humped) surgery. The atlas received international accreditation as an accredited reference by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) France in 2022.

ADAFSA is also developing innovative solutions to enhance the health and sustainability of livestock. It has registered the "smart algorithm for vaccination against Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR) as an intellectual work with the Ministry of Economy. The algorithm was developed to strengthen biosecurity by directing vaccination campaigns against PPR to enhance immunity in goats and lambs.

The smart algorithm for vaccination against PPR, which the Authority has implemented since 2018, has raised productivity efficiency and reduced economic costs for livestock breeders by reducing animal deaths and rationalising expenses. The algorithm has also helped increase coverage of azab holdings, which are small-scale livestock farms that are not typically targeted during vaccinations. It is expected to contribute to raising the vaccination rate to match the percentages targeted in the National Animal Health Plan 2016-2025 by providing a sufficient number of veterinary staff, workers, and vaccines.

ADAFSA is also working to strengthen its partnerships with national and international academic bodies and the private sector to find innovative solutions and anticipate the future of therapeutic services. The Authority is also seeking to establish joint programmes between universities and research bodies that support the use of advanced technologies in their future projects.

ADAFSA has introduced a set of decisions and regulations to enhance biosecurity and maintain the safety of livestock. These include Resolution No. (5) of 2020, the system for the prevention and control of animal, epidemic, and common diseases in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and Resolution No. (8) of 2020, the technical conditions system. ADAFSA has also trained veterinarians on the judicial authority to ensure that health facilities working in the animal field, estate owners, and livestock breeders comply with these decisions.

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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.”

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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.

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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).

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