Eight winners from eight nations out of 102 candidates from 22 nations
Abu Dhabi: Among the eight winners of the latest Khalifa International Date Palm Award we can see the scientist who has derived a colourless liquid sugar from dates, which is used as healthy sugar content in several food products
Eight announced winners from eight nations in five categories were selected from 102 candidates from 22 nations.
Dr Moayyad Mohammad Rushdy Al Hakim from Iraq won the first prize for the best technology as he developed the technology for the industrial production of liquid sugar from Zahdi dates.
The liquid sugar from dates is good for children and used in their food products.
Further details about the winning projects, related products and technology, as well as their practical impacts on date farming and industry will be announced soon.
The second prize for the best technology has been won by Mohammad Ali Basunia who developed a solar date dryer at the College of Agricultural and Marine Sciences in Sultan Qaboos University in Oman.
Al Foah, a UAE company, won the first prize in the best developmental project for their integrated date collection, handling and storage system.
The sixth edition of the annual award highlighted the UAE’s efforts to preserve the date palm tree that is known as the blessed tree, and those who work in this sector all over the world,
The awards will be distributed at a ceremony at Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi on March 16. The first prize winners will receive a cash prize of Dh300,000.