UAE leads in vertical agriculture in region

ABU DHABI, 10th December, 2018 (WAM) — The National Food Security Strategy in the UAE aims to develop a comprehensive system, which aims to achieve sustainable food production.

The system will involve 38 short and long-term initiatives, as per the “2051 Vision” and “2021 Work Agenda.”

Many specialist newspapers highlighted the UAE’s plans and projects that aim to attract major investment in vertical or horizontal agriculture, in line with related growth forecasts for the Gulf region, which amounts to US$1.21 billion by 2021, a compound annual growth rate of 26.4 percent.

The Business Standard stated that the UAE leads in this type of investment, and has launched many recent leading projects.

Mariam Hareb Almheiri, Minister of State for Food Security, announced, during the UAE government’s annual meetings in November, the “National Food Security Strategy,” which includes many related objectives, such as achieving sustainable local production through the use of technology and smart applications.

The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment approved the launch of 12 vertical farms while Emirates Airline is planning to launch the largest vertical agriculture farm in the world, in partnership with Crop One Holdings.

Food import rates amounting to 90 percent and the issues associated with the scarcity of water and arable land in the region strongly support this trend.

In August, Xinhua signed an agreement with China’s Chongqing University related to the use of modern technology, to utilise sand as arable soil, and relevant field tests will be conducted in cooperation with Mawared.

Almheiri raised the idea of establishing a “Food Valley” or a technology centre dedicated to developing food products and automated agriculture, to attract a new generation of farmers who can help achieve future sustainability.

The UAE hosts many specialist forums and exhibitions, which aim to promote the latest technologies and showcase them in the region’s agricultural and business markets.

Henry Gordon Smith, Founder and Managing Director of AgriDetriti, said that the Middle East has the ability to reshape its vital infrastructure, which will support modern life.

It also has the potential to transform a relatively small and conventional agricultural industry into the world’s most technologically advanced agriculture industry, he added.

Bob Honch, Sales Manager in Van Der Hoven Company, said that the UAE has already started this industry, revealing the completion of the largest glass houses project in the UAE (11 hectares), using advanced technologies allowing climate control and stressed that the project could produce around 3000 tonnes of tomatoes throughout the year.


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