Agriculture Economic Zone to be set in the Maldives!

MID and China Harbor Engineering Company Limited signed an MoU to develop sustainable agriculture in the Maldives by establishing an Agriculture Economic Zone (AEZ) in the Maldives.



Maldives was once a destination which was self-resilient when it came to food production. Prior to the developments which introduced mass import of goods, agriculture was deeply ingrained in the fabric of the Maldivian society, making it one of the biggest industries in the country. With this, Maldivians had a profound sense of independence and food security. However, the winds of change, propelled by the forces of development and globalization, have gradually eroded this cherished autonomy, giving rise to a growing dependency on food imports. With this, the Maldives witnessed an increased dependence on imported goods, which slowly led to the depletion of the agriculture industry in the country.

Amidst the relentless evolution of climate change and the dynamic shifts within the global economy, smaller nations like the Maldives face a mounting concern over their food security. As countries like the Maldives grapple with the consequences of climate change, the vulnerability of the food supply becomes increasingly apparent. Coupled with the uncertainties of the global economy, characterized by fluctuating prices and market volatility, the reliance on imports for sustenance poses a precarious predicament for the nation's long-term food security. 

Taking a bold and positive step towards fostering the agriculture industry in the Maldives, the Maldives Industrial Development Free Zone (MID) and China Harbor Engineering Company Limited have signed an MoU on 28th March 2024 in order to reclaim land from the Uthuru Thila Falhu (UTF) in order to develop sustainable agriculture in the Maldives by establishing an Agriculture Economic Zone (AEZ). This initiative, which is a part of the President’s efforts to ensure food security in the Maldives, will surely be one of the major steps being taken in order to bring back the food security that the Maldives once had. With this new project, the Maldives can finally address and start resolving the lack of food security in the country. 

Under the AEZ project, several different approaches will be taken to ensure better food production in the Maldives which includes land reclamation for the primary infrastructure development, construction of an agricultural industrial park as well as the construction of passenger and freight terminals, development of a fruit and vegetable production base, establishment of an agricultural talent training base as well as an Agricultural Logistics Distribution Centre. 

This transformative initiative signals a decisive step towards revitalizing the agriculture industry in the Maldives and mitigating the vulnerabilities posed by external dependencies. Through strategic investments in infrastructure, talent development, and sustainable farming practices, the Maldives endeavours to cultivate a future where food security is assured, and agricultural prosperity thrives once more.

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