Abu Dhabi: The Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADFSA) has launched the Fodder Market, the first and largest of its kind in the Middle East. The market aims to provide UAE livestock breeders with easy access to high-quality animal feed at competitive prices while ensuring safe and sustainable solutions for local fodder companies to access markets.
The Fodder Market has the capacity to serve around 40,000 breeders across the UAE and cater to more than 5 million livestock. The launch of the Fodder Market is expected to boost trade and promote fair competition among suppliers, thereby contributing to the growth of the feed market.
Located near livestock farms (Ezbah), the Fodder Market is linked to a group of existing regular markets in addition to an online platform for trading feed available to all companies in the UAE. There are already 12 markets in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, including 85 outlets allocated to 30 companies for the sale and marketing of animal feed. More of these markets will be established with the inclusion of more companies specialising in the sale and marketing of feed.
The 12 fodder outlets in the emirate are Al Faya in Abu Dhabi City; Al Sila, Al Mirfa, Ghayathi, Khanoor/Hossan, and Tharwaniyyah in Al Dhafra Region; and Wahat Al Sahra, Al Ouya, Bu Kuraya, Al Dhahira, Nahel, and Al Anjah in Al Ain.
Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President of the UAE, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Presidential Court, and Chairman of ADAFSA, stressed the UAE’s keenness, under the leadership of President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to mobilise resources, capabilities, and energies to enable sustainable food production and create an integrated self-sufficiency system that supports the National Food Security Strategy in accordance with the highest food safety standards.
His Highness pointed out that the Fodder Market is an important initiative to regulate the feed trade in the country. It combines physical markets with an online platform, allowing buyers to see their purchases in real time.