DUBAI: Kuwaiti farmer Youssef Al-Kiraibani has won farm innovation prize of the Middle East agricultural award, or AgraME, for cultivating a variety of corps non-indigenous to the Middle East. “I have succeeded in planting a slew of exotic crops such as black tomatoes, white strawberry and red corn, and several others in Kuwait’s harsh agricultural environment,” Kiraibani said following the prize-giving ceremony held in Dubai on Monday.
He noted that he won the prize after a fierce competition with farmers, agricultural companies and research firms from all around the world. “The prize is one of the top in the region in the agricultural domain,” he said. The Middle East agricultural award ‘AgraME’ recognizes outstanding achievements of individuals, departments, teams or organizations that have contributed to the growth and development of the agricultural sector with a focus on best practice and innovation. The award is officially endorsed and judged by the United Arab Emirates’ Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. – KUNA