As part of the strategy of the Government of Abu Dhabi for the agricultural sector and as per the Law No.9 of the year 2007, the responsibility for the agricultural sector has been shifted to Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority. Accordingly, the Authority draws up the general policy and prepares the plans for achieving sustainable agricultural growth, besides mitigating the harmful effects of certain improper agricultural practices on the environment.
The highlights of the new agricultural policy:
- Restructure the agricultural sector with a view to make it more sustainable
- Reduce harmful effects on the environment and the pressure on natural resources
- Ensure fair income for the farmers and increase their competitiveness in the market
- Focus on products that Abu Dhabi has a competitive edge on
- Improve the quality of agricultural products
- Strengthen national productivity for better food security
With a view to achieve the above mentioned goals, Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority took the initiative to launch the Farmers' Services Centre. The President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan issued on February 16, 2009 the Law No.4 of the year 2009 pertaining to the setting up of the Farmers' Services Centre in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. This places the direct responsibility for implementing Abu Dhabi Government's agricultural policy on the Farmers' Services Centre.
The first phase of the implementation of the project of the Farmers' Services Centre began in the Western Region. The Centre is carrying out activities and providing services to the farmers there. The services of the Centre will be extended to other parts of the emirate later.