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Organic farming class at women’s fest in Dubai

Facebook group organises event to encourage organic farming among women

Gulf News

Dubai: Women in the UAE can get tips about organic farming practices at a women’s festival to be held in Dubai this Friday.

The fest is being organised by a Facebook group of expats named Vayalum Veedum (Farm and Home) which began in 2008.

The event will be inaugurated by Jehaina Hassan Al Ali, principal food studies and surveys officer in the Food Safety Department of Dubai Municipality. Female experts will provide advice on organic farming to promote this method among the women here. They will also supply plants and seeds free of charge.

The event will discuss toxic foods, wrong dietary practices and lifestyles that cause diseases and will encourage women to practise better lifestyle and have healthy food.

The fest will be held from 3pm at Gulf Model School. The programme is open to only women and no prior registration is needed for participation.

The activities of the fest include an exhibition of organic agricultural products, a quiz contest and cultural programmes.

The event is being held after the successful annual farming and harvest festival of the group and the ‘plant a seed’ event for students of selected Dubai schools.

Mini Alias, a senior farming coordinator in the group and an agriculture specialist at Dubai Habitat School, will lecture on best agricultural practices. The festival will also be addressed by Malayalam film actress Aswathy Menon and writer and social activist Honey Bhaskaran.