ADAFSA signs 2 Musataha contracts to build & operate farms worth $84.3mn

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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The Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA) has signed two Musataha contracts with two local private sector companies to build and operate two farms worth $84.3 million, one in Al Ain and the other in Abu Dhabi.

The first Musataha contract was signed with Emirates Hydroponics Farms to build and operate a hydroponic farm for the production of vegetables, fruits, and mushrooms for canning in a controlled environment. The farm will cover an area of 325,000 square meters with a total value of $70.7 million.

The second contract was signed with the Emirates International Agricultural Advanced Company to establish and operate a farm for the production of vegetables and fruits in the system of net houses, in addition to the growing of azola and jojoba plants and fish farming (Aquaponic). The farm will be on an area of 750,000 square meters at a cost of about $13.6 million.

This farm supports the ambitions of the ADAFSA to implement modern farming systems and diversify agricultural production in controlled environments, as well as the food security system in terms of agricultural production and manufacturing.

The two projects align with UAE’s efforts to expand agricultural projects and investments and expand cooperation with private sector companies to ensure sustainable agricultural and food development in the region.

As part of ADAFSA’s strategy and the recently launched agricultural and food investment map, these projects aim to facilitate agricultural and animal research, as well as projects that target innovation and scientific research based on addressing the challenges of soil, and water.

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