UAE Minister keen to expand research partnerships

November 15, 2010 at 7:02 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

H.E. Dr Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad (right) sought ICARDA’s technical support to accelerate the dissemination of hydroponics technology in the UAE

H.E. Dr Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, UAE, has commended the results achieved through collaborative research by the UAE’s Ministry of Environment and Water (MWE) and ICARDA. The Minister received an ICARDA delegation led by Dr Mahmoud Solh, ICARDA Director General. The meeting, held on 25 October at Dr Bin Hahad’s office in Dubai, was attended by senior MWE management – H.E Obid Ben Jomah, Director General; Dr Mariam Alshenasei, Executive Manager, Technical Affairs; Mr Abdullah Salem, Executive Manager, Agricultural Affairs; Mr Abdulraheim Alhamadi, Executive Manager, Services; and Mrs Mariam Sultan, International Cooperation Department; and ICARDA staff led by Dr Ahmed Moustafa, Coordinator, Arabian Peninsula Regional Program.

Ongoing collaborative projects include seed health monitoring and production of high-value crops under protected agriculture. His Excellency was keen to expand this partnership, and suggested a special training unit for hydroponics (soil-less agriculture) be established in the UAE, with technical support from ICARDA. This would be part of the Ministry’s efforts to offer more technical support to local hydroponics growers.

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