UAE to buy high-quality food products from Poland: agriculture min

In the wake of his visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), on Tuesday, Agriculture Minister Jan Ardanowski told the Polish Press Agency (PAP) that the UAE are willing to buy high-quality Polish food products.

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The minister’s declaration comes from his participation in the International Gulfood Fair that has been taking place in Dubai from February 17 to 21.

During the fair, Poland presented its dairy, meat and sweets that enjoy the largest popularity in the region. Mr Ardanowski stressed that Poland’s fudge candies “Krówki” sky-rocketed in terms of popularity. In September 2018, Wawel, the “Krówki” producer, has obtained an attestation from Poland’s Muslim League that the candy is halal, meaning that it is permissible in traditional Islamic law.

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The agriculture minister said that the Polish companies presented their products well and that the Emirates are interested mostly in high-quality foodstuffs. He explained that price does not pose a problem but that the food has to be ecological and recognisable.

Mr Ardanowski also said that “compliance with halal standards in slaughter and processing" is of top priority to the Muslim World, adding that if Poland wants to be active on this market, it has to stick to these rules. This is especially important to Poland, as the country is a major halal meat exporter.

Throughout his visit, Mr Ardanowski met with three UAE ministers, including food security minister Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Al Mehairi. According to Poland’s agriculture minister, she said “that her country is interested in a stable supply of food products from large agricultural countries, such as Poland.”

The agriculture minister met with the minister of the economy, with whom he discussed the issue of Polish investments in the Emirates and vice versa. He also held a meeting with the minister of climate change and environment as well as with the current ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, one of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, where the Polish Oil and Gas Company (PGNiG) is undertaking gas search and explore activities.