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Sharjah to distribute 4,000 boxes of home-grown produce

Programme to be managed by the Manbat farmers’ market, with assistance from Sharjah Cooperativ­e Society and Sharjah Charity Internatio­nal

- Gulf Today, Staff Reporter

The Arada Foundation has announced the launch of a Ramadan initiative that will see 4,000 boxes of healthy, fresh produce picked straight from Emirati farms distribute­d to local families in partnershi­p with the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environmen­t (MOCCAE). The programme is being managed by Manbat, the farmers’ market based at the Aljada megaprojec­t in Sharjah.

The initiative, which will be spread over a 20-day period during the Holy Month, begins on Ramadan 6 (18 April). The produce will be selected from farms around the UAE that have been inspected by MOCCAE in order to ensure full health and safety compliance.

Volunteers, including members of Arada’s staff, will visit the farms in order to help pick fruit and vegetables to be packed, amounting to 200 boxes of produce every day. Once packed, the boxes will be collected by refrigerat­ed vehicles managed by Sharjah Cooperativ­e Society and delivered to Sharjah Charity Internatio­nal, which will then distribute them to local families in the UAE.

The Ramadan campaign is in line with MOC

CAE’S goals to promote food security, stabilise food supply chains and reduce the UAE’S dependence on exports.

Dr Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Climate Change and Environmen­t, said: “The initiative is a prime example of a public-private partnershi­p for the benefit of the community, and the fact that it takes place during Ramadan, the month of giving, adds a special importance. MOCCAE is always ready to support businesses that are keen to give back to society. We commend the efforts of Arada and its stakeholde­rs to ensure the success of the initiative – a true reflection of the values promoted by the founding father of the UAE, the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who laid the foundation for charitable work in our country.” Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of Arada, said: “This Ramadan initiative serves several important goals, including supporting different parts of the local community and helping to promote the quality and nutritiona­l value of the food that is being produced right here in the UAE. We are proud to see our partnershi­p with the Ministry of Climate Change and Environmen­t continue to flourish, and we will continue to work with them to develop further initiative­s to support their goals in the near future.” Included inside each Manbat box will be a wide range of the best of Emirati produce, with 16 ingredient­s in total. These include fruit, vegetables, herbs, honey and dates, and each box will also contain a Manbat apron and oven glove.

The Ramadan campaign marks the first official programme of the Arada Foundation, a new entity that has just been set up by the Sharjah-based developer to consolidat­e and structure its previous corporate social responsibi­lity activities. The Arada Foundation will serve communitie­s in need both within the UAE and abroad, using internal funds, and further details about its activities will be announced later in 2021.

During the Holy Month, the Manbat farmers’ market will take place at night, with timings between 9pm to 1am every Friday and Saturday evening at Aljada.

Meanwhile, the local Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management Team (ECDMT) in Sharjah has issued a set of decisions on the occasion of the advent of the Holy month of Ramadan, aiming to preserve the safety of the community amidst the spread of the coronaviru­s pandemic.

These decisions include preventing family or institutio­nal Itar tents or a public grouping for Itar banquets, offering or distributi­ng Itar meals in front of restaurant­s, at gathering points, or in front of homes and mosques, or through cars or any other means.

ECDMT choke off advertisin­g or offering special offers for Itar meals by all means, and limiting the distributi­on of meals or in-kind assistance to needy families through the official charitable bodies accredited in the emirate.

Field teams will be formed from the concerned authoritie­s to intensify their inspection and monitoring campaigns during the Holy month. The ECDMT also called on all members of the community to cooperate to maintain the health and safety of the community, and contact (901) or e-mail covid19@ shjpolice.gov.ae, to report any violations.

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Partnershi­p signing between the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environmen­t (MOCCAE) and Arada.
↑ Partnershi­p signing between the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environmen­t (MOCCAE) and Arada.

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