Emirates news agency – decision to register agricultural leases in Abu Dhabi
ABU DHABI, September 21, 2021 (WAM) – His Royal Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Security Authority, stressed the importance of regulating agricultural practices and operating standards as a key step to ensure the sustainability of the sector, improve the food ecosystem and achieve strategic food security objectives.
Mansour bin Zayed said: âThe decision to register agricultural land leases in Abu Dhabi complements the legislative infrastructure of the sector, ensuring the optimal use of farms, improving agricultural and animal production and increasing the incomes of landowners. agricultural. ”
Cheikh Mansour added: âSupporting the legislative infrastructure of the sector will encourage investments in agriculture and food production and, therefore, develop the food ecosystem and supply chains by supporting local agricultural production and improving its quality. competitiveness. ”
He commended the efforts of the Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) and the Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA), in addition to all relevant local and federal stakeholders, to support the development of agriculture and animal production in Abu Dhabi. He underlined the importance of the collaboration between the competent authorities to support the comprehensive development processes in Abu Dhabi as a key step to build a sustainable knowledge-based economy and optimize non-oil revenues and contribution to the domestic product. gross (GDP).
The DMT released Decision No.85 of 2021 to register agricultural land leases in Abu Dhabi. Each respective municipality will register agricultural leases, in accordance with applicable laws and regulations, after meeting the requirements. The lessee must be a legal person and the farm must be used in accordance with the approved agricultural activities specified by ADAFSA. The lease must also be approved by ADAFSA after paying the applicable fees.
Falah Al Ahbabi, Chairman of DMT, expressed his gratitude to the UAE leaders for their continued support and follow-up to develop a strong and comprehensive national ecosystem, stating: âThe food security vision of UAE leaders unites leads by example by contributing to an agricultural sector by introducing innovative solutions to support food production using cutting-edge technologies that will develop local agricultural production and supply chains and thus support our national strategic food stock.
Al Ahbabi said that developing new mechanisms for investing in agriculture will help increase operational efficiency and ensure resource sustainability. He added that this approach was a key part of DMT’s strategy to optimize the use of agricultural assets, in cooperation with all relevant stakeholders, and to regulate agricultural investments and agricultural leases in accordance with international best practices for sustainable development. .
Saeed Al Bahri Salem Al Ameri, Director General of ADAFSA, said: âThe decision to register agricultural leases is an important step to diversify the income generated by agriculture, increase the income of farm owners and pastoralists and optimize the use of agricultural land. ”
He added: “The decision will also help attract more investment in the agricultural sector and allow owners to outsource farm development to qualified investors through legally registered and certified contracts that will protect the rights of farmers. contracting parties “.
“This decision is a key step to optimize agricultural resources and serve the objectives of ensuring food security and a sustainable agricultural sector,” he concluded.