Alternative Production Systems, Technology Transfer and Capacity Building

Thematic Areas: 
Crop Productivity and Diversification
Problem Overview: 
As part of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) strategy to rationalize the use of natural resources and save its sparse water wealth, the Abu Dhabi government banned the cultivation of Rhodes grass in the Western Region of the Abu Dhabi Emirate. Thus,identification and introduction of alternative salt-tolerant forages with low water requirements became imperative to sustain livestock farming in the region and help combat the rising threat to feed scarcity.
Purpose: 
Rehabilitate salt-affected farms by identifying and introducing salt-tolerant alternative forages and improved farm management practices
Partners: 
Abu Dhabi Farmers’ Services Centre (ADFSC)
Timeline: 
January, 2009 to January, 2014
Geographical Scope: 
UAE
Contact: 
Dr. Shoaib Ismail
Dr. Nanduri K. Rao