Emirates News Agency – UAE President visits International Biosafety Center to examine productivity and sustainability measures

DUBAI, 5 June 2022 (WAM) – During his visits to various emirates, His Excellency Sheikh Mohamed bin Zaid Al Nahyan has visited the International Center for Organic Farming (ICBA) in Dubai, specializing in agricultural research to improve agricultural productivity and sustainability. in a salty and marginal environment.

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

At the start of his tour, the President of the United Arab Emirates planted the Ghaf Tree, known for its resilience to harsh climates and environments and a special symbol in the history and identity of the United Arab Emirates. united (UAE)).

His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed’s tour included an outdoor area with a variety of trees that have been specially planted and experimented, especially plants that tolerate salinity. The tour also included the Desert Life Sciences Laboratory, Genebank and the Emirates Soil Museum.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed heard from ICBA officials on their key achievements, national, regional and international partnerships and areas of work, and their future research plans. Officials’ detailed plans include research into sustainable natural resource management, irrigation efficiency, remote sensing, climate-adaptive crops and genome research for healthier crops.

The President of the UAE welcomed the efforts of the Centre’s staff and the important role of the ICBA in one of the most important areas for development in the UAE and the world (agriculture and water management).

His Highness emphasized that the ICBA embodies the UAE’s leading role in achieving sustainable development on a regional and global scale by investing in knowledge, innovation and research to address the challenges facing biohazard agriculture and soil. It also innovates modern methods for optimal water use in agriculture and develops agricultural strains that can adapt to difficult environmental and climatic conditions.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed said the UAE gave high priority to food security in its development plans. Consequently, he is interested in agriculture and the use of the latest scientific and technological methods to drive agriculture and increase productivity. He said the work of the ICBA confirms the UAE’s belief that science is a key tool in tackling the challenges facing humanity in various fields, especially agriculture and water management.

At the end of the tour, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zaid Al Nahyan expressed his best wishes to the staff and management of the center and encouraged them to pursue their national plans for agriculture, food security and water with more ideas and innovation.

During the tour, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed accompanied the Executive Director of the Zayed Charity and Humanitarian Foundation, His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Zaid Al Nahyan; Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, Lieutenant General Sheikh Sainf bin Zayed Al Nahyan; Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for the Presidency HH Sheikh Mansur bin Zaid Al Nahyan and HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohamed bin Zaid Al Nahyan.

For her part, Mariama Almheiri said that Her Majesty’s visit to Sheikh Mohammed ICBA “reflects the concern, attention and support that our wise leadership provides for research, development and innovation, as well as the scale of the system. and future generations.

She noted that the Ministry of Climate Change and the Environment, in cooperation with ICBA and other strategic partners from the public and private sectors, want to strengthen research and development and innovation capacity to stimulate the pace of climate action and find new solutions for public and private sector development. food security.

Almheiri welcomed ICBA’s efforts to support and improve continuous and efficient research and development.

Razan Al Mubarak said: “More than ever, and in the context of climate change, we need to invest in research to develop innovative, low-capital and reproducible food production systems and plants that are independent of ‘energy-intensive and suitable for degraded soils.’ Under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, ICBA will continue to develop farming methods that promote food security. “

Dr. Tarifa Al Zaabi said: “We are very honored to welcome His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the ICBA. We are very grateful to the Government of the United Arab Emirates for the tremendous support it has provided at our center for more than two decades. It was a great opportunity to present His Highness His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zaid Al Nahyan emphasizes the UAE government’s special focus on agricultural research and development in agriculture.

ICBA staff welcomed the visit of the President of the United Arab Emirates and said it had given a new impetus to further efforts.

The ICBA was established in 1999 under the far-sighted leadership of the Government of the United Arab Emirates, the Abu Dhabi Environmental Agency and the Islamic Development Bank. Its research into development activities and programs is supported by its founders, the Government of the United Arab Emirates and the Islamic Development Bank.

Over the years, ICBA has established itself as a global center of excellence and a key development partner in various regions. It focuses on developing tailor-made solutions for marginalized environments and has partners in more than 50 countries, enabling it to leverage a wide range of expertise to achieve greater impact on the ground.

The Center has conducted research on development activities and programs in approximately 40 countries in Central Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, the Southern Caucasus and sub-Saharan Africa.

The center has also developed and implemented 24 technologies and cultures in about 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.

Translated by Mervat Mahmoud.

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