ICBA, Egypt centre join hands for biosaline research

DUBAI - The Dubai-based International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) yesterday signed a cooperation agreement with the Desert Research Centre (DRC) of Egypt, for cooperation in the field of managing and developing natural resources and studies to improve the performance and development of projects in biosaline and desert agriculture in the region.

By Meraj Rizvi

Published: Sun 13 Apr 2003, 1:02 PM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 9:57 PM

The agreement, which was initiated a year ago, was formally signed by ICBA Director-General, Dr Mohammed Hassan Al Attar, and the Director of DRC, Dr Abdul Monem Hijazi, in the presence of Fahmy Ahmad Fayed, Ambassador of Republic of Egypt to the UAE, and Hatam Qabeel, Cultural Attache in the Embassy.

The agreement outlines six major areas of cooperation which includes steering studies in the field of agricultural development related to saline agriculture in the desert and arid land in the region, carrying out scientific and development projects related to techniques of biosaline agriculture and natural resources in the production of varieties of agricultural crops conforming with environment conservation and exchange of genetic resources of agricultural and environmental plants.

Speaking to Khaleej Times, Dr Al Attar pointed out that the agreement is the first-of-its-kind to be signed between ICBA and DRC. In addition to propagating biosaline crops in Egypt and the Islamic world, both parties, within their technical capabilities, will focus on Research and Development studies and implementation of projects related to the common mandates such as combatting soil degradation, socio-economic studies and improvement of the welfare of bedouin in dry areas, he said.

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