The United Arab Emirates’ daily consumption of vegetables and fruits during the Holy Month of Ramadan reached 13,000 tonnes.
In other months, the country consumes 11,000 tonnes of vegetables and fruits every day, according to a report by Al-Ittihad.
The country’s imports of vegetables and fruits rose to 21,000 tonnes in Ramadan, compared with 16,000 tonnes before Ramadan, according to data released by the Ministry of Economy.
The volume of the UAE’s stockpile of vegetables and fruits during Ramadan totalled 125,000 tonnes, of which 100,000 tonnes are in Dubai and 25,000 tonnes in Abu Dhabi, says Hashim Al-Nuaimi, the director of the consumer protection department at the Ministry of Economy.
He reveals that Dubai is seeking to increase its storage capacity of fruits and vegetables to 125,000 tonnes.
The official reveals that Dubai’s imports of agro produce stand at 16,000 tonnes now compared with 13,000 tonnes before Ramadan. Abu Dhabi imports have also surged to 5,000 tonnes in Ramadan against 3,000 tonnes in normal days.
Al-Nuaimi points out that 40 per cent of the country’s imports are re-exported vegetables and fruits.