The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) has reiterated that the Abu Dhabi Government is committed to ensuring food security and encouraging agricultural production. It also continues to support local commodities suppliers across the emirate to maintain the continuity and sustainability of primary consumer and food commodities to the various segments of the community.
In line with these efforts, ADDED issued a circular to owners of trading companies which supply wholesale food commodities to supermarkets, groceries, cooperatives, as well as food and beverage outlets in Abu Dhabi, directing them to ensure the continuous provision of the market’s needs.
The directive has instructed wholesale suppliers, food manufacturers, and bakeries in Abu Dhabi as well as distributors and retail outlets to coordinate with owners of local farms, livestock producers, local poultry farms and fisheries in the emirate and establish a monthly purchases program. The program is aimed at helping them prioritize the local community above all other importers and suppliers, in compliance to set standards and practices.
The circular called on company branches whose headquarters are located outside of the emirate to notify their offices and inform them of the circular within one day of receiving it to enable them to make the necessary and immediate action.