Workers harvest soybeans at a farm in Brazil. Sultan al Mansouri said the Emirates imported more than 85 per cent of its food and urged more investments be made in domestic agrictulture. Reuters
Workers harvest soybeans at a farm in Brazil. Sultan al Mansouri said the Emirates imported more than 85 per cent of its food and urged more investments be made in domestic agrictulture. Reuters

Local production vital to UAE food security, al Mansouri says



Investment in domestic agriculture is critical to maintaining the UAE's food supplies, the Minister of Economy said yesterday.

Sultan al Mansouri said the Emirates imported more that 85 per cent of its food, a level he said was unsustainable given the growing strain on world food supplies.

"Because of our food requirements, [home-grown food] becomes a strategically important issue, not only for us, but the GCC and the world," he said.

The minister's comments came a day after the international charity Oxfam described the world's food system as "broken" and called for a radical overhaul of commodities speculation.

The charity said strong action was required by developed and emerging economies to prevent a doubling of basic food prices and mass starvation within the next two decades.

"Our policy is to be involved; it is critical to us," Mr al Mansouri said.

The Government launched a campaign last week, in partnership with major retailers, to lower the prices of 400 basic foods across the Emirates in a bid to contain inflation.

The price-control scheme will last for six months and involves more than 70 outlets in the UAE, including stores operated by Carrefour, Lulu and Spinneys.

Increasing populations, higher oil prices, climate change and commodities speculation are being blamed for global increases in food prices.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation's food price index continued at high levels in April, up 36 per cent from the same period last year.

Mr al Mansouri said the Supreme Committee for Consumer Protectionwas trying to address the issue of some retailers and suppliers increasing prices without valid reasons. In one instance, the committee discovered the price of rice had fallen in exporting countries but that retailers had increased the price in the UAE, Mr al Mansouri said.

"What happens sometimes is the retailers want to escalate the price in a way that could be damaging to the economy, and if there is no reason behind the rise of price, we have the full authority by law to call on these suppliers and make sure they are behaving [responsibly]," he said.

Despite importing much of its food, the UAE does produce a range of food locally, including tomatoes, lettuce and cucumbers.

But local production is not sufficient to meet the needs of the population.

The Abu Dhabi Farmers' Services Centre was launched last summer to provide small farms with expertise, technology and access to the market.

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Starring: Baraa Alem, Nour Alkhadra, Alanoud Saud

Rating: 3/5

Which products are to be taxed?

To be taxed:

Flavoured water, long-life fruit juice concentrates, pre-packaged sweetened coffee drinks fall under the ‘sweetened drink’ category

Not taxed

Freshly squeezed fruit juices, ground coffee beans, tea leaves and pre-prepared flavoured milkshakes do not come under the ‘sweetened drink’ band.

Products excluded from the ‘sweetened drink’ category would contain at least 75 per cent milk in a ready-to-drink form or as a milk substitute, baby formula, follow-up formula or baby food, beverages consumed for medicinal use and special dietary needs determined as per GCC Standardisation Organisation rules

Scoreline:

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Richarlison 13'), Sigurdsson 28', ​​​​​​​Digne 56', Walcott 64'

Manchester United 0

Man of the match: Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton)

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Perera (capt), Mendis, Gunathilaka, de Silva, Nissanka, Shanaka, Bandara, Hasaranga, Udana, Dananjaya, Dickwella, Chameera, Mendis, Fernando, Sandakan, Karunaratne, Fernando, Fernando.

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Rating: 2.5/5

The specs

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Power: 201hp
Torque: 310Nm
Transmission: Single-speed auto
Battery: 53kWh lithium-ion battery pack (GS base model); 70kWh battery pack (GF)
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Specs: 2024 McLaren Artura Spider

Engine: 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 and electric motor
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Transmission: Eight-speed dual-clutch auto
0-100km/h: 3.0sec
Top speed: 330kph
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Scoreline

Syria 1-1 Australia

Syria Al Somah 85'

Australia Kruse 40'

TUESDAY'S ORDER OF PLAY

Centre Court

Starting at 2pm:

Elina Svitolina (UKR) [3] v Jennifer Brady (USA)

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) v Belinda Bencic (SUI [4]

Not before 7pm:

Sofia Kenin (USA) [5] v Elena Rybakina (KAZ)

Maria Sakkari (GRE) v Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) [7]

 

Court One

Starting at midday:

Karolina Muchova (CZE) v Katerina Siniakova (CZE)

Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) v Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR)

Veronika Kudermetova (RUS) v Dayana Yastermska (UKR)

Petra Martic (CRO) [8] v Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE)

Sorana Cirstea (ROU) v Anett Kontaveit (EST)

Confirmed bouts (more to be added)

Cory Sandhagen v Umar Nurmagomedov
Nick Diaz v Vicente Luque
Michael Chiesa v Tony Ferguson
Deiveson Figueiredo v Marlon Vera
Mackenzie Dern v Loopy Godinez

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Need to know

The flights: Flydubai flies from Dubai to Kilimanjaro airport via Dar es Salaam from Dh1,619 return including taxes. The trip takes 8 hours. 

The trek: Make sure that whatever tour company you select to climb Kilimanjaro, that it is a reputable one. The way to climb successfully would be with experienced guides and porters, from a company committed to quality, safety and an ethical approach to the mountain and its staff. Sonia Nazareth booked a VIP package through Safari Africa. The tour works out to $4,775 (Dh17,538) per person, based on a 4-person booking scheme, for 9 nights on the mountain (including one night before and after the trek at Arusha). The price includes all meals, a head guide, an assistant guide for every 2 trekkers, porters to carry the luggage, a cook and kitchen staff, a dining and mess tent, a sleeping tent set up for 2 persons, a chemical toilet and park entrance fees. The tiny ration of heated water provided for our bath in our makeshift private bathroom stall was the greatest luxury. A standard package, also based on a 4-person booking, works out to $3,050 (Dh11,202) per person.

When to go: You can climb Kili at any time of year, but the best months to ascend  are  January-February and September-October.  Also good are July and August, if you’re tolerant of the colder weather that winter brings.

Do not underestimate the importance of kit. Even if you’re travelling at a relatively pleasant time, be geared up for the cold and the rain.

Indoor cricket in a nutshell

Indoor Cricket World Cup – Sep 16-20, Insportz, Dubai

16 Indoor cricket matches are 16 overs per side

8 There are eight players per team

9 There have been nine Indoor Cricket World Cups for men. Australia have won every one.

5 Five runs are deducted from the score when a wickets falls

4 Batsmen bat in pairs, facing four overs per partnership

Scoring In indoor cricket, runs are scored by way of both physical and bonus runs. Physical runs are scored by both batsmen completing a run from one crease to the other. Bonus runs are scored when the ball hits a net in different zones, but only when at least one physical run is score.

Zones

A Front net, behind the striker and wicketkeeper: 0 runs

B Side nets, between the striker and halfway down the pitch: 1 run

C Side nets between halfway and the bowlers end: 2 runs

D Back net: 4 runs on the bounce, 6 runs on the full


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