Innovative Harvest Techniques Highlighted in Date Palm Festival

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Commenced last November 21, the International Date Palm Festival showcases wideInnovative Harvest Techniques Highlighted in Date Palm Festival variety of cultural, culinary and recreational activities, to provide date lovers and heritage enthusiasts an opportunity to savor the best dates from the region and abroad.
The 6-days event in Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC) became a platform for experts, specialists and professionals of date world globally exchanging business deals, ideals and future plans related to dates.
Organized by Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority, this year’s event focuses on the state-of-the-art technologies and innovations in date farming, harvesting, sorting and packaging aside from new date products set to launch in the UAE market.
Among the unique innovations that are being showcased at the festival is the bottled ‘Palm Water’. A Bahrain- based businessman said that “This is a first-of-its-kind product and is a panacea for headache, stomach ache and is also considered beneficial for the heart.”
Meanwhile, Middle East Executive for Italy-based engineering company, Green Technology, emphasizes the assembly of machines and technologies that company has developed for processing dates and their by-products.
“The UAE’s date fumigation system currently uses methyl bromide, which according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and International Standards Organisation (ISO) guidelines, has to be phased out by 2015. At Green Technology, we are working towards launching a new system of fumigation that combines phosphine in a vacuum-sealed environment to help rid date farms of pests”, he said.
On its 5th day and will end on the 26th, the exhibition is gathering huge success with the intermittent layering of business and fun for all sections of the society.