Sunday, September 26, 2021 – 4:47 p.m.
DUBAI, Sept. 26, WAM / The Union Coop said the volume of its sales of fresh local, organic and aquatic fruits and vegetables has exceeded 29 million dirhams since early 2021.
Yaqoub Al Balushi, director of the Union Coop’s fresh food trade department, said the cooperative has been for decades looking to support local produce of all kinds and types and support Emirati farmers on an ongoing basis by providing excel- slow facilities to promote sustainable agriculture, noting that the number of farms treated by the cooperative is 52 farms, including 24 organic farms, 12 conventional farms and the hydroponic farms treated by the cooperative are 16 farms.
He stated that the value of purchases on traditional farms amounted to 8 million dirhams, the value of purchases on hydroponic farms and the value of purchases on organic farms approximately 15 million dirhams.
He noted that the average quantities of vegetables and fruits supplied to the cooperative, whether imported or from local farms, amount to 100 tonnes per day, and stressed that the cooperative has many plans and strategies to support Emirates farms, the most important of which are easy. registration procedures and easy contracting with farmers and payment of financial dues to Emirati farmers in record time. The cooperative is also the strategic partner and advocate of the “Zari” program for hydroponics, which is affiliated with the Khalifa Fund for Business Development.
WAM / Amal Abidi / Zakaria Mohieldin