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Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, and Chairman of the Higher Committee for Development and Citizens Affairs, has launched the "Dubai Farms" program. The initiative offers various services and incentives to support Emirati farmers who own productive agricultural projects.

The "Dubai Farms" program is aligned with the objectives of Dubai Social Agenda 33, which was launched by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to empower the locals and increase their contribution to the economy of Dubai.

"Today we launched the 'Dubai Farms' program to support productive Emirati farmers, by offering them a full suite of incentives and services that support the development of the emirate's agriculture sector and enhance the sustainability of crops, all leading to enhanced contribution to the emirate's GDP," the Crown Prince of Dubai said, as reported by WAM.

Sheikh Hamdan noted that the Emirate will continue to make efforts to make Dubai's agriculture more productive and sustainable. He noted that people are focused on Dubai's future vision, adding that sustainability, leadership, and competitiveness are its key pillars.

The crown prince said that Dubai's strategic priorities include offering support to Emirati farmers and promoting local agriculture, which will help make Dubai's food security system strong and ensure a sustainable future for the upcoming generations.

"We have issued directives to establish a farmers' association that brings together amateurs and professionals alike, to ensure continuity of jobs in agriculture. Agriculture is key to Dubai's sustainable future, and it is our responsibility to ensure our citizens and the next generations enjoy the best life has to offer," he said.

Dubai Municipality's Director-General Dawoud Al Hajri said the packages, under the program, will include workshops, regular lab testing, partnerships, social support, and other incentives. It will also have events like the "Best Home Garden" competition, the Gulfood Agrotech exhibition, and the "Local Dates Week."