Demand for Organic Products on the Rise: Experts

DUBAI - The uptake for organic products is on a major rise in the region, particularly in the GCC nations, with the market growing at over 50 per cent annually, according to organic and natural food experts from the region.


Dhanusha Gokulan

Published: Tue 18 Nov 2008, 2:31 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 7:22 PM

The experts point out that the demand for organic foods is still on the emerging mode, but there is considerable attraction to this categorybecause of its positive effect on health.

Robert Glass, Executive Manager of the Organic Planning Development Project with the Ministry of Agriculture, Saudi Arabia, told Khaleej Times that there was a continuous growth for organic products in the UAE as well as the GCC countries.

Glass is in Dubai to attend the Middle East Natural and Organic Products Expo 2008 (MENOPE 2008) at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition, which concludes today.

About 175 companies from 25 countries are showcasing their products at the show.

“The demand for organic products is rising in the UAE because there is improved availability of organic products in the local market.

“Previously organic products were imported from foreign markets which were expensive. Now with over nine organic farms in the country, the production of organic products has increased and prices in the UAE have decreased,” Glass pointed out.

“All organic products have to be certified by the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water to check for pesticide content. Regular inspections of the producer and the retailers of organic products are conducted by the Ministry,” he said.

He added that in the UAE, organic dates and vegetables were commonly grown, and the highest demand was for fresh fruits and vegetables. Dairy products like cheese were also gaining fast popularity

According to Glass, supermarket chains such as Carrefour and Spinneys have a popular selection of organic vegetables.

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