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Festival features Abu Dhabi-grown food

Families from across the Emirates tried the nation’s finest veggies at the first edition of the ‘Mother of the Nation Festival’, which ran until April 2 alongside Abu Dhabi’s scenic Corniche Beach.

Families from across the Emirates tried the nation’s finest veggies at the first edition of the ‘Mother of the Nation Festival’, which ran until April 2 alongside Abu Dhabi’s scenic Corniche Beach.

Dishes made with fresh vegetables grown in Abu Dhabi were among the features of the festival, along with a series of exhibits, performances, and events across five outdoor activity zones.

In a press release, Abu Dhabi Farmers’ Services Centre communication manager Ahmed Al Suwaidi said the festival was an excellent opportunity to introduce Abu Dhabi families to the quality and freshness of locally grown products including vegetables, fruits, eggs, honey, and local dates.

The ADFSC’s commercial brand, Local Harvest, introduced visitors to the festival to dishes made with fresh eggplants, tomatoes and more, “further increasing the appetite for information on local produce in the Emirate.”

The Local Harvest sales tent offered families attending the festival an opportunity to inspect the quality and freshness of locally grown produce throughout the festival.

Locals sample sweet potato

Al Suwaidi said the tasting sessions proved popular at the festival and kicked off last Friday with a sampling session for sweet potatoes.

“On top of tasting good, sweet potatoes are well suited to the sandy soils of the UAE, are water efficient, easy to grow and produce high yields. This root vegetable is also nutritious, packed full of energy and vitamin A, is excellent as part of a diabetic diet and rich in antioxidants which have the potential to fight cancers,” he said.

“The sweet potato is also ideal for small hold farmers in the Emirates looking take advantage of opportunities arising from the growing demand for healthy food.”

Alongside the delicious sampling at the festival, the Abu Dhabi Farmers’ Services Centre also hosted a series of workshops aimed to bring an understanding of farming into the home, on topics such as the benefits of organic farming, hydroponics, and home gardening.

The festival was held to honour HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union (GWU), Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, with reflection on the hard work of the nation’s mothers and families to preserve “the authentic values and traditions of Emirati culture while embracing a multitude of others.”

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‘Local Harvest’ supply chain on display at SIAL ME 2015

Abu Dhabi Farmers’ Services Centre (ADFSC) – through its retail brand Local Harvest - is using the international food industry event SIAL ME 2015 – being held December 7-9 in Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, UAE – as a platform to reassure purchasers and other industry players about the quality and safety of ADFSC’s plant and animal products.

Food safety and quality are important subjects not just in the home, but also for retailers, wholesalers and suppliers alike, says the Abu Dhabi Farmers’ Services Centre (ADFSC).

The centre – through its retail brand Local Harvest – is using the international food industry event SIAL ME 2015 – being held December 7-9 in Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, UAE – as a platform to reassure purchasers and other industry players about the quality and safety of ADFSC’s plant and animal products.

“This global B2B event is a perfect opportunity for Abu Dhabi Farmers’ Services Centre to demonstrate how the agriculture sector has developed over the past five years and how the centre has improved the effectiveness and efficiency of the production chain,” said ADFSC’s communications section manager Ahmed Al Suwaidi.

The event theme ‘Trust throughout the Local Harvest Supply Chain’ promises to give visitors an insight into the modern and innovative agricultural techniques that have been adopted to promote local produce in the emirate.    

Delivery of Local Harvest produce begins with the production planning stage where customer requirements are agreed and new crops introduced. The final approved production plan is distributed to farmers in Abu Dhabi, via the ADFSC’s team, which also provides technical assistance to ensure farmers are correctly using water, fertiliser and other farm inputs.

“Local Harvest sells only the highest quality, safe produce. Our team of technical and quality specialists constantly monitor and advise on all aspects of production, farm practices, selection and packing. These quality assurance measures ensure our produce meets or exceeds the expectations of UAE consumers,” Al Suwaidi said.

Abu Dhabi Farmers’ Services Centre produce is available at retail shops in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, through most major hypermarkets and supermarkets. The centre provides technical and operational support services to farmers, helping them grow and market their produce.

ADFSC was established in 2009 to bring strategic agricultural reform to Abu Dhabi, especially by introducing and encouraging the conservation of natural resources. The organization was formed under Law No. (4) 2009, issued by HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to work in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Government in order to implement reform in farming practices.

Visit www.adfsc.ae for more information on Abu Dhabi Farmers’ Services Centre.