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Tech transfer for date palm unit.

Abu Dhabi: UAE University and an Indian company have signed a MoU for Strategic Partnership for Transfer of Technology for setting up a state-of-the-art Date Palm Tissue Culture Production Unit.

The company, Atul Ltd is one of India's leading specialty chemicals company with focus on environment care.

The MoU was signed on Wednesday by Dr Abdullah Al Khanbashi, Vice Chancellor, UAE University and Sunil Lalbhai, Chairman and Managing Director, Atul Ltd, India in Al Ain in the presence of Shaikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and Talmiz Ahmad, Ambassador of India to the UAE.

This event was held after the inauguration of the Third International Date Palm Exhibition by Shaikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan. Dignitaries from more than 30 countries attended the function.

Shaikh Nahyan and Talmiz Ahmad have played a key role to facilitate this step forward in sharing of knowledge on tissue culture of 'The Blessed Tree'. This MoU will go a long way in further strengthening the long and close relationship between the people of UAE and India.

UAE University has developed and mastered the technology of production of date palm plants through organogenesis tissue culture technique. Atul Ltd has been importing tens of thousands of tissue cultured date palm plants from UAE for plantation in India.

Transfer of this technology will help Atul Ltd and its affiliates to set up a state-of-art Tissue Culture Date Palm Production Unit to enable production of various varieties of date palm in India for the Indian farmers at optimum cost.

This will in turn help increase rural employment, empowerment of women and improving ecology in arid regions of north-west India, said a statement issued by Indian Embassy.

This MoU will go a long way in further strengthening the long and close relationship between the people of UAE and India.

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Publication:Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
Date:Oct 23, 2008
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