Agriculture In The United Arab Emirates: Analysis Of Major Crops And Cereals With Consumption And Production Trends Over The Last Decade
In 2003, almost 90 percent of the harvested irrigated cropped area was in the Abu Dhabi Emirate. In this Emirate, agriculture is generally dominated by two perennial crops, dates and Rhodes grass, with some seasonal plantings of short season annual vegetable crops. A limited amount of cereals and fruits is also grown. Most agriculture is on small private farms that have been established in relatively recent times, but there are also small areas of traditional date palm gardens, and larger government forage production units. Traditional date palm gardens in Al Ain Oasis consume about 10 million m3/year of groundwater for around 375 000 date palm trees and occupy an area of 350 ha. There is also a limited area of protected horticulture where greenhouses and cloches are used.
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