Importing livestock and their products into the UAE
You can import live animals and animal products from the countries that the UAE has approved. Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MoCCaE) has a search engine which indicates the countries approved to import live animals from and the import status of each type of animal. Import authorisation is subject to change according to the development of the global epidemiological situation and the animal health conditions in the exporting countries, based on the reports of the World Organization for Animal Health.
Read about animal development and health in the UAE.
Changes in the agriculture sector
Agriculture is an old activity in the United Arab Emirates practised in Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah, Al Ain and in some oases, such as the Liwa oasis.The sector developed rapidly since 1971, despite problems due to the scarcity of water resources and arable land, soil salinity, difficult environmental conditions, high production costs, agricultural pests and post-harvest losses.
Agriculture has become an economic activity that relies on the use of the latest technologies. The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan played a significant role in the evolution and development of the agriculture sector in the country.
Huge efforts were made to preserve water resources, with emphasis on promoting the adoption and installation of modern irrigation systems to replace flood irrigation method, which wastes large amounts of water.
Read more on agriculture development and health from the website of Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MoCCaE)
Abu Dhabi Agriculture & Food Safety Authority is the local authority in charge of agriculture, food safety, food security and biosecurity in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. It is responsible for preparing plans, programs and activities in the field of agriculture, food safety and food security.
Read more about agriculture sector in Abu Dhabi.
Ag Tech Accelerators
To accelerate adoption of technology in agriculture, the UAE launched 10 initiatives. Read about these initiatives.
The UAE's Ministry of Climate Change and Environment has put a priority on increasing the use of hydroponic technology among farmers, which relies on nutrient-rich water to grow plants with the use of little or no soil. The method saves up to 70 per cent of water, while allowing for a longer growing season and avoiding harmful chemicals. To date, there are 87 commercial farms using this technology.
Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology- ESMA introduced an organic food certification scheme in February 2012, which comes with a logo by which consumers can easily distinguish organic products from conventional ones. About half of the 40 existing organic farms have already been certified and others are under process.