(MENAFN- Emirates News Agency (WAM))
DUBAI, 11th August, 2022 (WAM) -- The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MoCCAE) hosted a meeting with licenced feed manufacturers in the UAE to explore their challenges and needs and brief them on the government's future directions.
Mohammed Mousa Alameeri, Assistant Under-Secretary of the Food Diversity Sector at MoCCAE, said, 'Food security is a strategic priority we seek to achieve through an integrated approach that covers the entire food production cycle to ensure the continuity of supply chains. Feed manufacturing is a key part of food production processes, and stepping up feed production will enhance our livestock and fisheries sectors. In addition, enhancing feed safety plays a vital role in improving the health of food-producing animals that is directly linked to public health.'
'The ministry is keen to hold meetings directly with representatives of food-related sectors. During our meeting with feed manufacturers, we delved into topics that will contribute to advancing the feed industry and promote locally produced feed in UAE markets, which will reflect positively on food security in the country,' he added.
The meeting agenda featured a presentation of the National Food Security Strategy, outlining the feed industry's vital role in achieving the strategy's goals. The participants highlighted the importance of leveraging modern technologies to scale up feed production and adhere to the highest safety standards in the field.
They also discussed the potential of using new alternative feed inputs, such as algae and insects, in local livestock production and aquaculture. In this context, in May 2022, MoCCAE signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Circa Biotech to establish the region's first project to upcycle organic waste into high-quality feed products. In addition, the venture will farm black soldier fly larvae to be fed food leftovers before being turned into animal proteins, organic fertilisers, and oils.
During the meeting, feed manufacturers showcased their experiences, highlighting their products' competitive quality and pricing. Notably, 17 feed manufacturers, 50 livestock farms, and 15 aquaculture farms are registered at MoCCAE.
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