The UAE University has signed a research partnership agreement with Kafue, the technology company, to carry out in-depth research on the successful cultivation and germination of Ghaf tree seeds in harsh climatic locations such as the desert environment in the UAE.
This is the first research of its kind to be conducted in the country and represents the second phase of the Kafue Ghaf Seed Cultivation Program, which aims to plant one million seeds in the UAE to help confront climate change. The study will also contribute to the next stage, which will depend on the current research and development work that has been carried out. Already implemented to help improve and create a self-sustaining seed ball that can survive in nature in peak summer temperatures, in addition to increasing seed viability, germination, and water retention, the research findings will also serve to strengthen the country’s knowledge bank on promoting desert cultivation through A group of desert plant species to improve habitat survival in harsh environments characterized by high temperatures and minimal water.
The memorandum was signed by Dr. Bhanu Chowdhury – Dean of the College of Food and Agriculture at the university, and Rashid Al Ghurair, founder and CEO of Kafue. The signing ceremony was also witnessed by Dr. Muhammad Abdul Mohsen Al Yafei – Vice Dean and Vice Dean of the College, and Nabra Al Busaidi, Director of Sustainability and Society Department at Kafue: and the research team based on the project: Dr. Shyam Corp, Dr. Zainab Ahmed and a number of faculty members at the college.
Dr. Muhammad Abdul Mohsen Al Yafei, Vice Dean and Vice Dean of the College, explained that “The Ghaf Tree Project is an ambitious initiative to revive arid ecosystems by planting millions of Ghaf trees, which are among the indigenous species that grow in the country.”
Rashid Al Ghurair explained, “The cultivation of Ghaf trees is a process that requires intensive work, especially in the desert climate in the UAE, where temperatures in summer often reach 45 degrees Celsius, and given the intensity of cultivation required to make a difference in the environment, and we came up with a solution represented in the use of technology State-of-the-art drones that rely on artificial intelligence, and provide a solution through the “Made in the UAE” initiative, through which up to one million Ghaf trees will be planted across the Emirates, radically improving their natural environment and ecosystem.”