Sun 18-02-2018 23:27 PM
ABU DHABI, 18th February, 2018 (WAM) -- The Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation announced the winners of its 10th edition on Sunday.
Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister for Tolerance and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation, expressed his appreciation of the patronage the award has received by the wise leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
A press conference was held on Sunday by Prof. Abdelouahhab Zaid, Secretary-General of Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation, at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi to announce the winners, in the presence of Dr. Helal Hamid Saed Al Kaabi, Member of the Board of Trustees and Secretary-General of the Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council, members of the Scientific Jury of the Award, Musallam Obaid Al Khalis Al Ameri, CEO of Al Foah Company, and Dr. Asmahan Al Wafi, Director-General of the International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture.
''We are proud of the prominent level that the award has reached in its 10th session, thanks to the great confidence and guidance of Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak,'' Prof. Abdelouahhab said.
He added that the winners have been selected according to the applicable criteria and mechanisms for granting the award, along with the report of the scientific jury, the evaluation committee’s assessment of the participating works, and the approval of Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak.
Dr. Helal Humaid Al-Kaabi, Member of the Board of Trustees of the Award, announced the winners of the Distinguished Farmer Award for date palm farmers in the UAE, organised by the General Secretariat of the award, in co-operation with Al Foah Company. In the large farms’ category, the 1st winner was Rashed Saeed Al-Eriani, the 1st winner (duplicate) was Said Hamouda Al-Eriani, while the 2nd winner was Hamid Saeed Al-Eriani, and the 2nd winner (duplicate) was Mira Khalfan Al-Nuaimi The award organisation sponsored a media and advertising campaign covering various media, advertising and specialised websites, as well as social media. The number of followers of the award on Facebook exceeded 55,391.