Aimed at helping the youth become future successful entrepreneurs in animal and crop agriculture, beekeeping and aquaculture, and actively contribute to national food security, the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) inaugurated the Youth Food Security Stations this week. A collaboration with the National and Reserve Service Authority, the MOCCAE’s official Twitter account read, “#MoCCaE is proud to announce the launch of the Youth Food Security Stations to enable young people to become entrepreneurs in animal and crop agriculture, beekeeping, and aquaculture, and actively contribute to national food security.”
Dr Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, noted, “The challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted the paramount importance of food security and sustainability.”
The initiative is targeted at developing farming skills among youngsters, whilst teaching them to implement and manage modern farming systems to improve productivity as a whole. “MOCCAE is working closely with its strategic partners from the public and private sectors to ensure uninterrupted food supply by strengthening imports and boosting homegrown food production in terms of quantity and quality with the aim of increasing the share of local food products in the market,” Al Nuaimi noted.
The event drew the participation of Staff Pilot Major General Sheikh Ahmed bin Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the National and Reserve Service Authority; Jameela Al Muhairi, Minister of State for Public Education;Hessa Bint Essa Buhumaid, Minister of Community Development; Dr Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Entrepreneurship and SMEs, and Saeed Al Nazari, Director General of the Federal Youth Authority.