Government supports national food diversity: Al Zeyoudi

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ABU DHABI, 31st August, 2016 (WAM) – The federal government takes interest in the national companies that work within the food diversity ecosystem, Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment has said.

While touring the National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing company in Abu Dhabi, he praised the company’s role in preserving national food diversity, noting that such field visits help facilitate communication between the official authorities and national companies which would improve business practices in the industry.

“We visited the National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing company in Abu Dhabi because of its good reputation and because it is one of the leading companies in its field. This visit is part of a comprehensive ministerial strategy to be constantly in contact with companies working in this field and to provide them with the right environment to help them prosper and better serve our nation and economy,” he remarked.

He was accompanied by Khalifa Al Ali, the Managing Director of the Food Security Centre; Nasser Al Junaibi, Chief Executive Officer of the Farmers’ Services Centre; Edward Hamod, General Manager of National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing, and Patrick Satamian, Chief Executive Officer, Emirates Food Industries, in addition to a number of ministry officials.

Dr. Thani was introduced to the company’s activities and future plans to increase the number of selling points in the UAE, specifically near the farms of the northern emirates, to ensure that good quality feed is available at reasonable prices.

He stressed the importance of having a company of this magnitude and production capacity as well as the importance of having quality control systems in the UAE. The minister said they have an important role to play in achieving the strategic food diversity objectives which pertain to making feed available and in supporting the animal and agricultural sectors.

He emphasised the importance of empowering local capacities which contribute to maintaining food diversity.

Al Junaibi said that the agreement between the farmers’ service centres in Abu Dhabi and the National Feed factories to provide feed at the guidance centres located in several areas in the emirate, reflects the effectiveness of the food diversity programmes. It also reflects the support given by the UAE government to livestock breeders through provision of good quality feed. He stressed that the aim is to cover most of the needs of the local market.

Hamod said, “The National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Company is one of the Emirates Food Industries Group’s companies and is one of the biggest and most important companies that specialize in the production of feed and animal food supplements in the Gulf. The production process takes place in the company’s two main factories. The first, located in the Industrial area in Al Mussafah, produces 250,000 metric tonnes annually and the second is located in Jebal Ali with a similar production capacity.”

The factories of the National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Company gained a positive reputation over the years due to the high quality of the feed it produces locally and which earned it the ISO and HACCP certifications.