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DED launches new drive to boost food production

DUBAI, March 16, 2019

The Department of Economic Development (DED) in Dubai in co-operation with the UAE Ministry of Food Security, has introduced 14 new business activities in the field of agricultural production and aquaculture in view of the growing interest in these activities and the importance being given to food security in the country.
 
These new business activities are Advanced Growing of Vegetables; Melons, Roots & Tubers; Advanced Growing of Other Non- Perennial crops; Advanced Growing of Citrus Fruits; Advanced Growing of Palms & Fruits; Advanced Growing of Beverage Crops; Advanced Growing of Spices; Advanced Growing of Grains, Leguminous Crop & Oilseeds; Post-Harvest Crop Services; Agricultural Crops Trading; Sea Based Aquaculture; Land Based Aquaculture; Operations of Aquaculture Hatcheries; Aquaculture Post-Harvest Services; Local Aquaculture Products Trading.
 
The move is part of DED’s strategy to enable business owners engage in activities that respond to market needs while successfully competing and growing in the local market, said a statement from DED. 
 
With the latest addition the total number of business activities licensed by DED has surged to hit over 2,200, it added.
 
The joint initiative also reflects the Government's keenness in developing key sectors in the UAE and enhancing the country's global standing as a pioneer in line with the directives of President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the national strategy to develop a comprehensive framework to enable food production and ensure quality food for future generations.
 
DED Director General Sami Al Qamzi said: "The introduction of the new activities comes within the framework of enhancing coordination and integration of government work at both the federal and local levels, realising the objectives of the UAE Vision 2021, activating initiatives that facilitate business related to agricultural production, and achieving sustainable development."
 
"It will improve local agricultural production, encourage the consumption of fresh local produce and particularly meet the growing demand for fish locally," he added.-TradeArabia News Service



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