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Abu Dhabi Farmers Services Centre, Anexo Emirates sign MoU for sustainable agriculture
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Abu Dhabi Farmers Services Centre, Anexo Emirates sign MoU for sustainable agriculture

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The Abu Dhabi Farmers' Services Centre and Anexo Emirates signed a MoU in Abu Dhabi, for the development of sustainable and innovative agriculture technologies in the Emirate. The Farmers' Services Centre is a Government organisation in Abu Dhabi specialising in the provision of farmer support services and the marketing of farm produce.

In particular, the Abu Dhabi Government is seeking strategic reform in the agricultural sector with an emphasis on the efficient use of available natural resources.

The purpose of the Farmers' Service Centre (FSC) is to implement this strategic reform in farming practices on behalf of, and in partnership with, the Abu Dhabi Government, specifically the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA).

Anexo Emirates is a Swiss Consultancy Firm specialised in technology transfer, active as advisor to different Government entities in the UAE since 2008. Anexo fosters innovative programs on issues like renewable energy, green building and waste-to-energy recycling. The G-STAR project gathers a dozen technologies for a professional application of "green" concepts in the Emirates.

The MoU refers to an extensive testing and gradual implementation of G-EARTH, an innovative technology for self-sustainable greenhouses aimed at reaching significant water and energy savings for hundreds of Farmers in the UAE.

Christopher Hirst, Chief Executive Officer of the FSC welcomed the cooperation with Anexo being one of the leading companies in the field of modern agricultural technologies and renewable energy.

"Based on our commitment to provide all sorts of technical and scientific support to farmers to achieve a sustainable agricultural policy which makes an effective use of the available natural resources of soil and water, the FSC endeavors to be up to date with all the technologies likely to contribute to the achievement of sustainable agriculture in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi while creating benefits to local farm owners, for this reason, the FSC strives always to establish strong relationships with global companies specialized in the provision of modern technologies used in agriculture," Chris said.

He further stated that the development of ways aiming at the achievement of efficiency in the use of water resources has become a world trend due to the scarcity of water. He also mentioned that the search for ways to benefit from saline water has also become an environmental necessity which helps to overcome desertification and contributes to the increase of the agricultural outputs as well. Mr. Chris expressed his hope that this MoU will improve agricultural productivity and will enhance the farmers' technical capacities to develop agricultural practices relying on renewable energy and to achieve self-sufficiency for farms in terms of water and electricity in a way to contribute to sustainable agriculture and environment.

He also pointed out that the FSC is a governmental entity based in Abu Dhabi and specialized in the provision of support services to farmers and the marketing of farm produce. The FSC works with local farmers to bring reform to the agricultural sector with focus on the efficient use of the available natural resources noting that the signed MoU with Anexo will give the FSC the opportunity to provide model farms which produces crops using renewable agriculture.

Aldo Garbagnati, CEO of Anexo Emirates, commented, "We are glad to give our contribution to the innovation process of such a fundamental sector as agriculture. As advanced technology providers, we introduce solutions that address specific needs of the UAE and are rapidly applicable. Under a "sustainable agriculture" concept, our farmers will be able to grow rich crops with a zero-impact on water and energy resources. We welcome the cooperation with ADFSC whose expertise and knowledge are critical to a mutual success." G-Earth is an innovative combination between renewable energy and water extraction technologies. The concept shows an independent, all-embedded greenhouse where fresh water is obtained by condensation from the humidity in the air, and electricity is generated by solar panels. Within the same program, hydroponic and off-soil cultures are introduced to grow traditional National produce such as tomatoes, cucumber and capsicum on a fully sustainable basis. The system will allow farmers to be self-sufficient and less dependent from the power or the water grids.











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