Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, HH Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi recently inaugurated a new Greenhouse Project at Al Dhaid, Sharjah.
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 were also present at the inauguration ceremony.
Speaking on the occasion, Sultan Al Qasimi emphasized that the natural environment of the Sharjah central region has contributed to the establishment of high-level projects related to agriculture and livestock to achieve food adequacy and ensure better production of agricultural products and meat along with its products.
The newly constructed greenhouse project aims to create developmental and agricultural communities and produce high-quality organic agricultural products. The significance of greenhouses is highlighted as one of the most important modern technologies that have succeeded in providing suitable growth conditions, protecting crops from weather fluctuations and pests, and helping to produce various types of agricultural products in abundance and off-season.
His Highness toured the greenhouses to see the modern facilities and machinery equipped. The project uses the latest technologies in agriculture, including the irrigation and fertilization system, the cooling system, the ventilation system, and humidity control systems.
The Sharjah Ruler noted that the MoU signed by the Sharjah and Murcia government after four years of cooperation in agricultural projects would benefit both in several areas, including agriculture and technology.
Sultan Al Qasimi also remarked that a special department would be set up for agriculture, livestock, and fisheries to take care of the three areas of food security and support the protection of the environment.
The project aims to cover an area of 8 hectares to produce enough for Sharjah, with one hectare of previously designed greenhouses. The remaining greenhouses will be constructed in the future to educate farmers on proper farming practices that will prevent the use of chemicals harmful to agricultural products.
Sultan Al Qasimi highlighted the challenges faced by farmers such as ignorance and experience in using chemicals and fertilizers that can lead to serious diseases. He expressed Sharjah’s interest in maintaining agriculture about guidelines, education, ensuring conditions that could affect farms and their production, and other departments.
The Ruler of Sharjah further discussed the fisheries sector and its challenges and also underlined the need for a special department for Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, and climate changes like hurricanes.
The inauguration was attended by Sheikh Khalid bin Abdullah Al Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah Seaports, Customs and Free Zones Authority, Sheikh Mohammed bin Humaid Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Department of Statistics and Community Development in Sharjah, several senior officials, and others.