Abu Dhabi, October 27, 2022: The Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council (QCC) showcased the services provided by its Central Testing Laboratory in soil, fertilizer, water and plant testing at the two-day AgraME Dubai 2022 exhibition from October 25 at the Dubai World Trade Center (DWTC), under the Achieving a Food Safe Tomorrow theme.
His Excellency Eng. Abdullah Hassan Al Maaini, Executive Director of the Central Testing Laboratory Sector, said that the Council is represented at the exhibition through the Agriculture Laboratory. The Agriculture Laboratory is part of the Central Testing Laboratory sector and provides services that support food security and enhance biosecurity, thereby contributing to achieving agricultural sustainability in Abu Dhabi.
Al-Maaini said the Agriculture Laboratory at the exhibition presented its testing services, spanning analyzes of the quality of fertilizers, soil and water for farming in line with the approved specifications and standards of the country. The laboratory supports authorities in decision-making and development of agriculture with the help of advanced devices such as inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-OES), mechanical analyzers, pH and electrical conductivity meters.
Dr. Maryam Al Shamsi, Director of the Life Sciences Department in Al Ain, said the tests provided by the Agriculture Laboratory contribute to evaluating the quality of fertilizers according to local standards, and includes analysis of electrical conductivity, pH, moisture, protein ratio, carbon to nitrogen ratio, and substances such as organic NaCl ratio and heavy metal detection.
The lab’s soil analyzes help determine the type of agricultural soil, and evaluates elements such as cations, ions, pH, calcium carbonate, in addition to heavy metals in the soil. Micro-biological analyzes include the analysis of Pseudomonas bacteria, pathogenic nematodes and fungi.
She added that analyzes of water used for agricultural purposes include electrical conductivity tests, pH and total dissolved salts, detection of salmonella bacteria, in addition to tests on the compliance with water standards for irrigation and agriculture purposes, while plant analyzes include micro-biological analyzes, such as for Pseudomonas bacteria, pathogenic nematodes and fungi.