KIDPA announces winners of its five session

Nahayan Mabarak Honors the winners on 3 march 2013

Nahayan Mabarak : Khalifa is the Sponsor of the Award,

the Palm Tree &  its Lovers

H.H. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research , Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of KIDPA confirmed  the sublime sponsorship which the Award received from HH Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE president  (God protect him), the support of HH. First Lit. Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan , Crown Prince of Abdu Dhabi , Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, and the appreciation of  H.H. Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Presidential Affairs. Without such efforts, it is argued. the Award would not have reached this supreme position which contributed in enhancing the pioneering position of the UAE in serving the blessed tree and those who work in serving it all around the world.

The above was confirmed in a press conference held by Dr. Abdelouahhab Zaid the Secretary General of Khalifa International Date Palm Award  on  Monday morning   the 11th of Feb. 2013 in Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi to announce the names of the winners in the Award in its fifth session in the presence of Dr. Helal Mumaid S. Al Kaibi, member of the Board of Trustees, chairman of the Administrative & Financial Committee of  the Award, Dr. Ghaleb Al Hadrami, Member of the Board of Trustees, and Dr. Hasan Shabana, member of the Scientific Committee of the Award. He emphasized General  Secretariat pride  in the high level researched by the award during its past five sessions  thanks to the great trust given and the instructions of HH Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of KIDPA.

The General Secretary added that according to the results of judging the participating works of the award categories set out in the report of the Scientific Committee of the fifth session 2013 and  the approval of

H.H. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, results are as follows:

Category of Research & Distinguished Studies

ü     First winner: Enrichment of Date Paste / Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority Dr. Mohammed Ali Mubarik Al Farisi / UAE

ü     Second winner: Selection of Molecular Markers for Genetic Diversity analysis, Cultivar Genotyping, Early Sex Detection and Rapid Screening for Bayoud Disease Resistance in Date Palm – National Institute for Agronomic  Research / Dr. Moulay Hassan Sedra / Morocco

Category of Distinguished Producers

ü     First winner: Gulf Palm Company for General Trading / Mr. Muhalhal Jassim Ibrahim Al Mudhaf / Kuwait.

ü     Second winner: Was Withheld

Category of the Best Distinguished Technology

ü     First winner: Utilization of Controlled Atmosphere (CA) Technology in Shelf Life Extension of Fresh Barhi Dates at Khalal Stage of Maturity at a Semi-Commercial Level / Dr. Abdullah Mohammed Al Hamdan / KSA.

ü     Second winner: A new plant growing media based on Date palm leave midribs – Mr. Amin Zouba / Tunisia

Category of the Best Developmental Project

ü     First winner: Rehabilitation of the Date Palm Sector in Iraq / Ministry of Agriculture / Dr. Essam Abdullah Mawloud / Iraq

ü     Second winner: Project of Dissemination of Small-Scale Industries Based on The Palm Secondary Products / Dr.  Hamid Ibrahim Al Musli / Egypt

Category of the Distinguished Personality.

ü     The winner: Mr. Mohammed Saeed al Makki / Jordan

However , the first winner will be granted  an amount of 300.000.00 AED with  a memorial trophee and a  Certificate of Appreciation , the second winner will obtain an amount of 200.000 AED  with a memorial trophee and a Certificate of Appreciation to be submitted during a great celebration to be held in the  Emirates Palace on Sunday the 3rd of March 2013.

The Award Statistics :

On his turn, Dr. Helal Humaid S. Al Kaibi, member of the Board of Trustees, Chairperson of the Administrative & Financial Committee of the Award, explained that 142 nominees representing 24 countries all over the world participated in this session which is distinguished for a number of points  the most remarkable of which  is the increase in the number of candidates compared to the number of the four last years  at the rate of 24%  distributed into five categories , namely, the category of Research and distinguished studies in the field of date palm cultivation and dates production, the category of the best distinguished production, the category of the best developmental project, Category of the best distinguished technology, and the category of the Distinguished Personality.

The category of Research & distinguished studies scored the highest percentage of participation. At the level of Countries, the Secretariat General received participation from 16 Arab countries, namely, Saudi Arabia, Sultanate of Oman, Egypt, Syria, Morocco, Iraq, Jordan, Mauritania, Algeria, Sudan, Palestine , Tunisia, Kuwait, Bahrain , Qatar , Yemen, and UAE, whereas some participations from 7 foreign countries were received, namely, India, Italy, Poland, USA, Canada , Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bosnia.

In his speech ,Dr. Al KAibi went through a summary of the most important achievements of the Award General Secretariat during the fifth session as follows:

1. H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE ( may God protect him ) gifted 41000 palm tress on the occasion of the 41st anniversary of the National Day  to be planted in front of schools and mosques in UAE.

2. HH. First Lit. Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abdu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces gifted the winners and participants in Liwa Dates Festival 20000 palm trees.

3. Publishing the Annual Book of the Award in its fourth session, which includes all the activities which were carried out as per the approved strategic plan.

4. Participation in the works of the Third International  Forum for Dates in the Kingdom of Morocco  November 2012.

5. Participation in the Emirates International  Festival for Dates and  in Liwa Festival  for Dates 2012 .

6. Launching the national campaign for introducing the Award at the level of UAE and in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment & Water, and Abu Dhabi Center for Farmers` Services, where three meetings were held in (Liwa, Al Ain & Ras Al Khaima) with the aim of encouraging and qualifying national farmers of Date Palms.

7. Issuing the third volume which includes two issues of the Blessed Tree Magazine, which is considered as the first magazine  specialized in date palms at the level of the Arab region. The magazine proved its success and contributed in enhancing scientific media in UAE.

At the end of the press conference, Dr. Ghaleb Al Hadrami referred to the importance of the support of  H.H. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees to the goals of the Award which endeavors to achieve so as to enhance the pioneering role of the UAE internationally in developing Scientific research of date palms and in encouraging workers in the Sector of date palm cultivation such as researchers, farmers ,producers, exporters, institutions, Societies, and competent authorities  in  honoring the personalities working in the field of date palm locally, regionally, and internationally.

It is worthwhile mentioning  that the celebration of honoring the winners of the award in its fifth session, organized by the Award General Secretariat will be held  on the 3rd of March 2013 in Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi at 10. 00. am. and the invitation is public.

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