UAE signs treaty on plant resources

DUBAI - Saeed Al Raghabani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, on Wednesday said that the UAE's joining of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources (ITPGR) affirmed the attention paid by the country for the preservation of plant resources and utilising them in a sustainable way.

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Published: Thu 12 Feb 2004, 12:05 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:41 PM

Mr Al Raghabani said that the UAE joined the treaty after the President, His Highness Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, issued a Federal Decree No. 7 of 2004 approving the country's entry to the treaty.

The new agreement will be a binding treaty on all the countries that will sign the agreement.

It will help share the plant resources and agriculture in these countries, in addition to supporting the abilities of the countries to share the technology and benefit financially. Around 78 countries have signed the treaty.

Among them are several European Union nations.

According to experts, genetic resources of plants are an important method for enhancing and achieving agriculture security.

The experts say, humans in agriculture use nearly 10,000 varieties of plant species, but only 150 types have been so far identified as good for human consumption. Of these, 12 types feed nearly 70 per cent of the human population.

Mr Al Raghabani further said that the general conference of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has endorsed the treaty in the term of the UAE's chairmanship of the FAO's 31st conference held in November 2001.

He said that the negotiations on reaching the treaty took 23 years, and that the UAE had played a great role in narrowing differences.

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