The UAE has set its eyes upon surplus food production and venture into tech-based food and agricultural products for the coming times with the launch of ‘Food Tech Valley’.
The new initiative that seeks to triple the UAE’s food production was launched recently by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
The new initiative –Food Tech Valley aims at creating an integrated modern city that will be a hub for future clean tech-based food and agricultural products and serve as an incubator for researchers, entrepreneurs, start-ups and industry experts involved in developing solutions that have the potential to shape the future of the food industry.
The valley aims to support the use of technologies and applied research in food processing and agriculture and apply modern farming techniques – such as vertical farming, aquaculture and hydroponics. This will accelerate self-sufficiency in fresh food produce and reduce wastage of resources in the future.
The new place will spearhead innovation and leverage collaborative networks to lead regional transformation and export knowledge on sustainable food systems globally.
On launching the new initiative, His Highness said, “We launched the first phase of Food Tech Valley, a new modern and vibrant city that will serve as a global destination for start-ups and industry experts in the food ecosystem. Food Tech Valley is part of a series of projects that aim to sustain the UAE’s food, water and agricultural systems in line with the National Food Security Strategy. Food and medicine represent strategic sectors that help us ensure a prosperous and sustainable future for the next generation.”
Sheikh Mohammed at the launch was joined by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, and Minister of State for Food Security, Mariam Al Mheiri.
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