Abu Dhabi Government announces new rules for small-scale farms

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The government of Abu Dhabi is moving quickly to control greenhouses and other small-scale plant production facilities in order to safeguard the responsible use of natural resources, increase small farmers' incomes, and strengthen the production of locally grown agricultural products.

Regulating Small-Scale Plant Production Farms in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi authorities are taking decisive steps to regulate small-scale plant production farms, with the primary objectives of ensuring the sustainable utilization of natural resources, enhancing the income of small farmers, and bolstering the production of local agricultural goods. This regulatory framework is designed to establish clear guidelines for farm operations, with a focus on elevating the quality of locally grown products to enhance their competitiveness in the market.

Government Commitment to Agricultural Development

Eng Ahmed Khalid Othman, the Executive Director of the Agricultural Affairs Sector at Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA), expressed the government's unwavering support for smallholder farmers and its dedication to fostering an environment conducive to their success in achieving sustainable agricultural development. Othman highlighted the pivotal role of this decision in fortifying food security in Abu Dhabi while facilitating the growth of the agricultural sector.

ADAFSA is actively engaged in providing comprehensive extension services and training programs to equip farmers with the necessary knowledge and skills to implement best agricultural practices. By enhancing farmers' capabilities, ADAFSA aims to elevate the overall quality of agricultural output, thereby fortifying the sector's contribution to the local economy.

In addition to regulating farm practices, the decision also addresses the documentation of agricultural activities, including the use of the farm's trade name and the maintenance of production records. By establishing robust documentation procedures, authorities seek to promote transparency and accountability within the agricultural sector, ultimately fostering greater confidence among consumers in the quality and traceability of locally produced goods.

Recognizing the significance of community involvement in supporting local agriculture, ADAFSA calls upon all members of society to prioritize purchasing directly from farmers. This direct engagement not only bolsters the economic viability of small-scale farms but also underscores the collective responsibility in nurturing the agricultural sector and safeguarding food security in Abu Dhabi.

The regulation of small-scale plant production farms in Abu Dhabi represents a proactive approach by authorities to promote sustainability, empower small farmers, and enhance the competitiveness of local agricultural products. By fostering a supportive regulatory environment and advocating for community participation, Abu Dhabi is poised to strengthen its agricultural sector while advancing its goals of sustainable development and food security.

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