Twelve vertical farms to debut in Dubai

Twelve vertical farms to debut in Dubai

Twelve vertical farms are all set to be established in the city of Dubai as The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MoCCAE) has agreed to a deal with Shalimar Biotech Industries. According to the agreement, the ministry will allot around 7,600 square metres of land for the ambitious project that will derive its unique game plan from modern techniques being used in New Jersey, USA.
Vertical farming bases its working on the utilisation of hydroponics, a method in which plants thrive on nutrient media instead of the conventional soil. However, the UAE is not exactly unfamiliar with this form of farming that was practiced in the country 50 years ago. Furthermore, this method has brought about the successful implementation of a number of commercial farms.
As part of the project, the company is expected to work upon developing infrastructure facilities like climate-control air conditioning, LED lighting, automatic irrigation systems and water desalination plants. This type of farming is perceived as a revolutionary technique that makes optimum use of the available land and water to bring about efficient crop production. This move comes barely a month after Emirates Airlines partnered with an American company, Crop One, to develop a vertical farm that is projected to be the largest in the world.
How do these plans grow without soil, is the question one may be inclined to ask. The plants rely on media such as rock wool, a sub product of molten rock that critically negates the occurrence of soil-borne bacteria. Moreover, the temperatures used in farming can be well regulated with the use of air conditioning and evaporative cooling, thus allowing for year-round production.
The agreement was signed at the MoCCAE headquarters, by Sultan Alwan, Assistant Under-Secretary for the Regions Sector at MoCCAE, and C P Ramachandran, Founder and CEO of Shalimar Biotech Industries. Hailing the move, Alwan said that the agreement ushers in a phase that would see major changes and innovations in the agricultural sector. The five-year agreement focuses among other things, on new technologies, an educational centre for local farmers and reducing agricultural waste.