UAE discusses new food security alliances with Ukraine
A high-level delegation from the United Arab Emirates led by Minister of State for Food and Water Security Mariam Almheiri was on a four-day visit to Ukraine to discuss ways to foster new partnerships for sustainable agricultural investment in the nation Europe, which is one of the richest countries in natural resources in the world.
Ukraine’s vast grain production capacity and its ability to export grain to the United Arab Emirates was one of the main topics discussed during Almheiri’s visit which ended yesterday (September 15).
Discussions focused on ways to promote new mergers in order to set up competitive and sustainable agricultural investment projects.
“This visit was strategically important because it allowed us to explore the opportunities to create a strong food security partnership with Ukraine,” said the Minister.
“While Ukraine can help the UAE achieve the goals of the first of its five pillars of the National Food Security Strategy, by diversifying international sources of foreign food and agricultural investments, we in turn can share our expertise in agricultural technology, in particular agriculture and closed aquaculture, to help the European nation establish a viable and productive AgTech sector, ”she added.
Ukraine, she said, was located on one of the most important arable regions in the world.
“More than two-thirds of the 600,000 km² of the country is used for agriculture, and more than half of this area is actually used and suitable for agricultural production. These lands are mainly made up of black soil which contains a multitude of elements that ensure an abundant crop yield, ”Almheiri noted.
“The soil here is very fertile, which makes it exceptionally suitable for growing crops, especially wheat, barley, corn, sugar beet, sunflower, soybeans and rapeseed,” she said. added.
During his visit, the Minister reviewed a number of grain and sugar production and storage facilities in Ukraine and discussed various aspects of international grain trade and responsible foreign agricultural investment, such as issues logistics and supply line.
The conversations were all centered on exploring a strong food security alliance between Ukraine and the United Arab Emirates.
The second day of the visit saw Almheiri meet the Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, Roman Mykolayovych Leshchenko, in the capital Kiev.
The duo held talks on the new agricultural land investment reforms introduced in Ukraine and potential investment targets for privatization.-TradeArabia News Service
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