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UAE buys thousands of dairy cows from Uruguay to boost food security

Christian Fernsby |
The UAE imported 4,500 dairy cows from Uruguay as part of the Gulf country’s efforts to enhance its food security amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Topics: UAE    URUGUAY   

“This shipment is the first of the scheduled shipments, and many more will follow in the upcoming period. They are the beginning of an ambitious launch for the largest dairy cattle breeding project in the UAE to enhance food security locally,” state news agency WAM reported on Sunday.

The UAE’s Minister of State for Food Security, Mariam al-Mheiri said: “The UAE has a strong and flexible food system and can cope with all current and future changes.”

She added: “The arrival of the first Holstein breeds shipment is a perfect step in strengthening the country's efforts to enhance local production and place it in all UAE markets.”

The UAE authorities ensured prior to the import of the cows that the coronavirus pandemic “does not affect the safety and timing of import of the living livestock,” according to WAM.

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