His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, affirmed that the natural environment in the central region has contributed to the establishment of high-end projects related to agriculture and livestock, aimed at achieving food self-sufficiency and ensuring the production of the best agricultural products and meat as well as its derivatives.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by Sheikh Abdullah bin Salem bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, and Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah.
Sheikh Sultan stressed that the Memorandum of Understanding, signed by him with the government of Murcia, after four years of cooperation in agricultural projects with Murcia, will benefit both Sharjah and Murcia in various fields such as agriculture, technology and several other fields.
Specialized department to be created
Sheikh Sultan mentioned that a specialized department concerned with agriculture, animal husbandry and fisheries would be created to deal with the three areas that ensure food self-sufficiency and support the preservation of the environment.
Sheikh Sultan explained that the project aims for an area of 8 hectares to produce enough for Sharjah, pointing out that the prefabricated greenhouses have an area of one hectare. The rest of the greenhouses will be built in the future, emphasizing the vitality of educating farmers on proper farming methods, preventing them from using chemicals that are harmful to agricultural products.
Challenges Facing Farmers
Sheikh Sultan also mentioned the challenges faced by farmers, such as lack of knowledge and experience in the use of chemicals and fertilizers that can lead to serious illnesses. He underscored Sharjah’s keenness to take care of agriculture in all its aspects regarding guidance, education, ensuring conditions that may affect farms and their production, and other aspects.
He also added that animal husbandry will be further improved by providing care, food, treatment, monitoring pastures and providing new varieties of animals with good breeds.
In the fisheries sector, Sheikh Sultan explained that fishermen face various challenges, such as the resolution of a specialized department by the new Department of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and climate change such as hurricanes.
The breakwater project in the Kalba Sea helps to break the waves, preserve the city and cultivate sea corals, thus creating an attractive environment for fish.
His Highness visited the greenhouses to see the modern facilities and equipped machinery.
The project aims to create development and agricultural communities and produce high quality organic agricultural products. The importance of greenhouses is highlighted as one of the most important modern technologies that have succeeded in providing suitable growing conditions, protecting crops from weather fluctuations and pests and helping to produce various types of agricultural products in abundance. and out of season.
It also includes housing for workers and employees, an irrigation system, warehouses, administrative offices, meeting rooms and toilets.
The project uses the latest technologies in agriculture, including irrigation and fertilization system, cooling system, ventilation system and humidity control systems.
The inauguration was attended by Sheikh Khalid bin Abdullah Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Seaports, Customs and Free Zones Authority, Sheikh Mohammed bin Humaid Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Department of Statistics and Sharjah Community Development, several senior government officials and others.