UAE: Plenty builds 200,000 sq.ft. vertical farm in the desert

Plenty plans to start selling locally grown produce, including kale and other leafy greens, to communities in Abu Dhabi and Dubai early next year.

Last year’s $200 million investment in Plenty marked Masayoshi Son's first bet on agriculture. The SoftBank chief is interested in how the 4-year-old startup can help nations grow enough food to support the population. Backers of the almost $100 billion Vision Fund include wealth funds from the Middle East, where drought, population growth and lack of arable land are fueling concerns about food shortages and instability.

Plenty’s newest farm in Abu Dhabi will open in phases and eventually comprise as much as 200,000 square feet.

Read more at Bloomberg (Selina Wang)

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