Collaborative research in UAE

September 17, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Planning collaborative research: H.E. Dr Rashid Ahmed Mohammed Bin Fahad (right), Minister of Environment and Water, UAE; and Dr Faisal Awawdeh, Coordinator, Arabian Peninsula Regional Program

Research partnerships between the United Arab Emirates and ICARDA have helped increase output and productivity in severely water-deficient environments. Research, which earlier focused on protected agriculture and forage production, will soon expand to rangeland rehabilitation, water recycling and other areas.

H.E. Dr Rashid Ahmed Mohammed Bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, said, “The government is keen to benefit from ICARDA’s research expertise. The Ministry will work with ICARDA to expand collaboration.” The Minister recently met with Dr Faisal Awawdeh, Coordinator of ICARDA’s Arabian Peninsula Regional Program, to discuss priorities and implementation mechanisms for collaborative research.

The meeting built on previous discussions between Dr Awawdeh and senior Ministry officials, including Mr Abdel Rahim Hammadi, Assistant Under Secretary for Supporting Services; Dr Nasser Sultan, Acting Undersecretary for Agricultural and Animal Affairs; and Eng. Mansoor Ibrahim Mansoor, Director, Agricultural Development.

Livestock research will be an important component. A field day was organized jointly by the Ministry of Environment and Water and ICARDA, to demonstrate hardy, water-efficient forage crops – Buffel grass and spineless cactus – and the use of nutrient-rich feed blocks produced from agricultural by-products. The field day, held at Dibba Agricultural Research Station, was attended by farmers, researchers and extension agents.

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