UAE to use Dutch technologies to achieve food security goals
One of the UAE’s top food exporters will share its farming expertise to help the Emirates achieve its food security goals.
The Netherlands, the world’s second largest food producer after the US, said boosting agriculture is the top agenda of a joint economic committee it is setting up with the UAE.
The UAE aims to strengthen new programmes and projects to attain food security in the post-Covid-19 world.
“We are going to set up a joint economic committee with the UAE in which agriculture is going to play a big role,” said Lody Embrechts, ambassador of the Netherlands to the UAE.
“Because of the status of our economic relationship, we need to create a framework for the government, private sectors and education providers to boost agriculture," he told The National.
Exports of food from the Netherlands to the UAE have more than doubled in the past seven years, from €57 million (Dh229.1m) in 2012 to €115m (Dh462.2m) in 2019.
Mr Embrechts said while his country exports food to the UAE, the future agenda will focus on helping the country become self-sufficient by boosting local production.
Currently, the UAE imports 90 per cent of its food supply.
“There is a very strong ambition to become more independent in terms of food. The goal for the UAE is to become number one in the Global Food Security Index by 2051,” said Mr Embrechts.
“And this is where we have stepped up our game by bringing Dutch companies with the specific know-how to the region.”
There are a number of local farms that use Dutch smart-farming technologies to grow tomatoes and leafy greens in the desert.
Pure Harvest is one such company.