Under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Presidential Court and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA), the first permanent livestock auction market in Abu Dhabi has been launched by ADAFSA. Located next to Al Wathba Slaughterhouse, the platform will help breeders to market their animals, support efforts to develop the livestock sector, and promote self-sufficiency.

During a press conference, ADAFSA announced that the first auction will take place in collaboration with the Advanced Scientific Group (ASG), and is scheduled to be held on Sunday, 27 November 2022 with the presidential camel zakat. The second auction will take place on Monday, 28 November, which will feature bidding on camel calves from Bada Thalab livestock farm, while a third auction, scheduled to be held on 29-30 November, will feature breeders’ personally produced camel calves for auction. Regular auctions will be organised thereafter to enable livestock breeders to directly sell their camels to the public, promoting efforts to further develop the livestock sector in Abu Dhabi.

In this regard, HE Saeed Al Bahri Alameri, Director General of ADAFSA, said: "Under the generous sponsorship of HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, we are launching the first livestock auction market in the emirate with the aim of enabling breeders to directly sell their live animals to customers and providing appropriate numbers of local animals, which contributes to supporting the biosecurity system and the livestock sector."

Alameri noted that the permanent livestock auction market will serve as a destination for those interested in buying camels, cattle and rare animals. He added the auction market helps meet the market needs of local meat and other animal products.

From his side, HE Rashid Al Rasas Al Mansouri, Executive Director of ADAFSA's Animal Wealth sector, said that ADAFSA was keen to provide all capabilities to ensure the success of the livestock auction market.

"The auction features 31 barns that can accommodate up to 100 baby camels, 40 camels, and 200 sheep and goats. With an outdoor space and parking for about 154 cars, the auction market can also accommodate more than 250 people. The auction further includes service facilities, restaurants, and shops selling fodder and farm supplies, and other entertainment venues for auctioneers," Al Mansouri stated.

Al Mansouri indicated that establishing such facilities for breeders increases the competitiveness of local livestock production and encourages breeders to improve animal production, thus protecting and developing livestock.