The United Arab Emirates has received the first shipment of around 4,500 Holstein cows from Uruguay, state news agency WAM reported on Sunday (Jul 5).
The cows, known as one of the best breeds for milk production, are part of the UAE’s efforts to enhance its food security and will form the country’s largest dairy cattle breeding project.
The cows arrived at Khalifa Port in Abu Dhabi.
The UAE has made food security a priority. In 2017 it established a State Ministry for Food Security, which led to the UAE National Food Security Strategy 2051 formulation.
By one calculation, the country's food consumption is to grow at an annualised rate of 3.5% from 8.7 million tons in 2018 to an estimated 10.3 million tons in 2023, according to Alpen Capital’s September 2019 “GCC Food Industry” report.
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