Liwa, Al Dhafra (Al Ittihad)
The Liwa Date Festival resumes operations and receives entries today Abu Dhabi Cultural and Heritage Festivals and Programs Management Committee announced the change of the conditions of entry to the Model Farm Competition within the festival at its 17th session, to be held under the patronage by His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs. Organized by the Abu Dhabi Cultural and Heritage Programs and Festivals Management Committee, including 15,000 square meters (15 dunums) farms, as to appreciate the farmers’ interest in their farms and to encourage them to develop them and open the door to competition for the largest number of participants.
Obaid Khalfan Al Mazrouei, director of the Liwa Date Festival and director of project management and planning in the committee, said: The change of conditions included the area of the farm that was to be entered in the Model Farm Competition, as it was reduced to 15,000 square meters (15 dunams) instead of what was previously 22,500 square meters. 22.5 dunums), as there is wide interest from farm owners for their farms and many of them reach the competitive level in the competition, and accordingly the organizing committee and the jury committees saw the opportunity for the largest number of farm owners to participate.
Al Mazrouei explained that the model farm competition aims to support farmer owners in the eastern and western Liwa Lectures and the cities of Al Dhafra, encourage them to pay attention to it, as well as spread the culture of clean farms and reduce water consumption. rationalization, among other criteria that contribute to the development of the agricultural sector in the Al Dhafra region.
Al Mazrouei added that the conditions of entry include that the farm contains palms and other trees to an extent that corresponds to the size of the land, adding that there are a number of evaluation criteria for the competition, including: the general cleanliness of the farm, the use of modern water-saving irrigation methods, compliance with the general conditions and controls for the control of agricultural pests, that the farm is defined by a fence and gate, among some other requirements such as: providing adequate housing for workers, storage areas for agricultural products , storage depots for agricultural inputs (such as pesticides, fertilizers, etc.) and places for agricultural waste.
Obaid Khalfan Al Mazrouei indicated that the Model Farm Competition includes three categories: (Eastern teachers, Western teachers and Al Dhafra cities), and 15 prizes are offered (5 prizes for each category) with a total value of two million two hundred and fifty thousand dirhams, and the winner will receive first place in each A cash prize of 300,000 dirhams, second place 180,000 dirhams, third 120 thousand dirhams, fourth 90 thousand dirhams and fifth 60 thousand dirhams, the results of which on the last day of the festival on July 25.
The festival director stressed that the Liwa Date Festival is an important occasion that farmers in the UAE in general and the people of the Al Dhafra region in particular are waiting for as this event has a great impact on the people of the UAE and its contribution to encouraging the community to conserve and care for the palm tree on the one hand and developing the infrastructure Farm infrastructure and farming methods therein and the diversity of crops.
The Liwa Date Festival, in its 17th session, resumes its matches after being stopped for three days in connection with the Eid Al-Adha holiday, and the reception of the participants will begin today, Thursday, July 22, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. the festival site in Liwa City in the Al Dhafra region, while the competitions will continue until July 25.
Over the next four days, from July 22 to 25, there will be 10 matches, for which 168 prizes will be awarded, divided between Rutb Al-Khunaizi, Bumaan and Al-Khalas (open round), Al-Khalas awarded to Al-Ain and Al-Fard (open) farms and Al-Ain and Liwa farms for the elite Rutb and Al-Dhafra for the Rutb elite In addition to the competition of the most beautiful fairy tales and the announcement of the results of the model farm (Eastern records, Western records, Al Dhafra cities).
The festival enjoys the support and sponsorship of the successful partners of national institutions, led by the Court of the Ruler’s Representative in the Al Dhafra region, the festival’s strategic partner, the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), the Abu Dhabi Waste Management Center (Tadweer), the sponsor of community outreach, the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, and the supporters (the Department of Municipalities) and Transport – Al Dhafra Region Municipality, Abu Dhabi Police, Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority , Abu Dhabi Health Services Company “SEHA” – Al Dhafra Hospitals, Abu Dhabi Distribution Company, Securtech Company, Al Foah Company, General Women’s Union, Al Ghadeer Emirati Crafts and Media Partner Channel The activities of the Liwa Date Festival in its The 17th Session, which started on July 15, was limited to competitions of dates, fruits, the model farm and the most beautiful fairy tale, and without visitors, for the sake of public safety and the safety of participants and employees under exceptional circumstances due to the new Corona virus “Covid-19”.
The Organizing Committee of the “Liwa Wet Festival” applies all preventive measures and precautions to the participants and the monitoring committees in coordination with the competent and concerned authorities in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, where the participants must present a certificate of vaccination against Covid -19 with a negative result due to the application of the fortress for a period of not more than 48 hours, Participations will be received according to a special path for cars that goes through several stages, and communication between the participant and workers is carried out through loudspeakers and the presence of glass insulation .
Today, Muzayna Rutb Al Khunaizi is held, with 15 prizes worth 397 thousand dirhams, Muzayna Rutb Bu Maan (15 prizes worth 397 thousand dirhams), the most beautiful Rutb fairy competition (10 prizes worth 54,500 dirhams). Tomorrow, Friday, there will be competitions of moist al-khalas (open round) and 25 prizes worth 446 thousand dirhams will be awarded, moist al-khalas awarded to farms in the Al Ain region (25 prizes worth 446 thousand dirhams), and al-Fard al-Fard (open course) and 15 prizes worth 397 thousand dirhams will be allocated for them. , temper the allocations allocated to the farms of the Al Ain region (15 prizes worth 397 thousand dirhams).
On Saturday (24 July) the Liwa Elite Dates competition will take place, for which 15 prizes worth 540,000 dirhams will be awarded. Participation in this is required to present at least 15 different varieties of dates, each weighing a minimum of 3 kilograms.
Next Sunday (July 25), it will witness the Al Dhafra Elite Dates competition, for which 15 prizes worth 725,000 dirhams have been awarded. Participation in this is required to present at least 20 different varieties of dates, each item weighing at least 3 kilograms, and the winners will be announced Model Farm Competition.