MIDDLE EAST URGED TO EMBRACE BLUE BIO-ECONOMY, REAP BENEFITS FROM RENEWABLE MARINE RESOURCES
National Aquaculture Group (NAQUA) participated in the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture to introduces new horizons for the seas to support innovative, sustainable food production in GCC
Abu Dhabi, 21 March 2017: Fish farming is the fastest growing sector of global food production, predicted to produce nearly two thirds of global food fish supplied by 2030, but in order to cope with demand the Middle East must adopt innovative practices now and embrace the Blue Bio-Economy.
That is the message that has been delivered to hundreds of farm owners, government officials, and international and regional agricultural scientists at the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA).
Eng. Ahmad R. Al Ballaa, CEO of the National Aquaculture Group, Chairman of the Saudi Aquaculture Society and Board Member of the National Fisheries Development Programme in Saudi Arabia presented a compelling session on the relatively new concept of the Blue Bio-Economy and its impact for the region’s fishing practices and Importance of Aquaculture.
“In order for the aquaculture industry to meet the future demand of fish, various advancements must be considered. It is vital that we take an industrial, fully integrated, innovative and sustainable approach which includes the whole components of the value chain: pre culture stage, culture stage, post culture stage and cross functional stages,” said Eng. Ahmad R. Al Ballaa.