During the first half of this year,

20% increase in food exports from the country


The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment revealed that the export and re-export of food was active during the first half of this year, with a growth of more than 20% compared to the previous year, with a daily average of 16,355 tons of food.

The ministry confirmed the growth of the food import rate in the country by 21% during the first half of this year, recording more than 41 thousand tons of food per day, noting that the monthly import rate for the basket of strategic goods amounted to about 89 thousand tons of wheat (and flour), and 67 1,000 tons of rice, 96,000 tons of sugar, 53,000 tons of legumes, and 52,000 tons of edible oils.

The ministry stated that the monthly import rate for the basket of meat products exceeded 20 thousand tons of red meat, about 56 thousand tons of milk and milk products, 53 thousand tons of poultry, 10 thousand tons of eggs, and 22 thousand tons of fish. The food products that were registered in the Federal Electronic Food Registration and Approval System (ZAD), until the end of last year, amounted to 949,200 food products, which included a variety of food product classifications, including 69,243 dairy products and 64,991 meat products.

The Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry, Engineer Issa Al-Hashemi, confirmed to "Emirates Today", the state's keenness to diversify import sources to ensure the development and sustainability of livestock.

The average monthly import rate of fodder during the first quarter of this year was 115 thousand tons, nearly 43 thousand tons of barley, 27 thousand tons of corn, and 21 thousand tons of soybeans. The list of the most prominent countries for importing these commodities includes Spain, Italy, Pakistan, and Australia. , Argentina, Paraguay and Romania.

The UAE continues to strengthen its food security system through an integrated series of measures, represented in raising the level of cooperation with countries and markets around the world, diversifying import sources, and enhancing local and foreign (external) agricultural investment operations, in addition to the constant exploration of markets from which it can be imported, in order to ensure Applying the highest international standards for food safety and security.

He pointed out that the number of markets approved for the export of live livestock (livestock) to the country is more than 48 countries, while the number of slaughterhouses approved for the export of red and white meat to the country is 216 slaughterhouses from 66 countries.

Al-Hashemi said that the ministry is constantly coordinating with exporting countries to adopt health protocols for importing food products, with the aim of enhancing investment and ensuring the flow of trade exchange.

With regard to protein products and derivatives from various types of meat, poultry and their products, the Ministry applies the highest standards of food safety systems to ensure the availability of foods that comply with the requirements and apply to the specifications of the state and the Food Code, in cooperation with its partners to enhance the safety of imported and traded food, provide safe food, and protect consumers from harmful or contaminated food. or adulterated, by applying a package of controls and standards.

949,000 food products

The Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry, Engineer Issa Al-Hashemi at the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, said that the list of the five most important countries in the movement of exporting food products to the country during 2021 included India, the country's largest partner in the field of food import, as its exports to the country amounted to 13.9% of the country's total import volume , followed by Brazil 10.2%, Canada 7.4%, Australia 7.3%, and Pakistan 5.2%.

• «The rate of food import grew by 21% during the first half of this year».

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