- Lead Auditor
- Quality Assurance Team EA Region - Antwerp - Quality Assurance Supervisor
- Medior Sales Engineer - Netherlands
- General Manager Australia
- Chief plant protection agronomist
- Сhief agronomist
- Head of Sales for Mexico and Latin America
- Finance Manager for a Leading International Fresh Produce Business
- Sales Consultants Fertilizer - various European countries
- Product & Efficiency Manager - Role Based in Holland with regular trips to the UK
Top 5 -yesterday
- Swiss lamb's lettuce season picks up speed
- New vertical farming light bar/panel hybrid designed to maximize yields with less space
- Poland: Drought subsidies made available for farmers
- The challenge to improve crops in a changing world
- Argentina: Tomato producers denounce obstacles to export to Paraguay
Top 5 -last month
Top 5 -last week
Aquaponics in Egypt's desert could be four times more efficient than regular farms
The Bustan Aquaponics farm is a 1,000 square metre operation located on the outskirts of Cairo, and is the first and only commercial aquaponics farm in Egypt, producing pesticide-free tilapia fish, four varieties of lettuce, baby spinach, purple kale, swiss chard, celery, pak choi, wild rocket, gargeer, thyme and sage.
The system combines conventional aquaculture with hydroponics, where water and gasses from the fish are recycled and utilised by the plants as nutrients. The water is then re-circulated back to the aquaculture system. Launched 18 months ago, it has delivered an internal rate of return of between 20-30 per cent, and has the potential to break even within the next six to 18 months.
The farm's owner and manager, Faris Farrag, says the system is ideally suited to water-starved countries in the Gulf and wider region, and will deliver the message to a regional audience at the Agribusiness Outlook Forum, part of AGRA Middle East, which takes place from 25 to 27 March at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
"There are many benefits of aquaponic systems, primary among them is the ability to produce significant amounts of organic fish and vegetables from an extremely small amount of water and energy, without the need of agricultural land," said Farrag.
"As the knowledge base grows there is excellent potential for large expansion of aquaponics as a system capable of fulfilling a part of the global food requirement while asking very little in return from the environment."
He added that the speed and efficiency of the system keeps prices down for consumers, while its output equals that of a traditional farm more than four times its size. Unlike traditional farms, however, aquaponic farms can grow anywhere.
"Aquaponics are water efficient enough to work in extreme water deficient areas, and the economics do work," he added. "The key is creating enough scale, which is why Bustan is expanding to two or three more units of its size to get to a medium sized commercial scale. At that point it will become very profitable. Even now I am cash flow positive."
Farrag, who will present the ground-breaking Bustan Aquaponics farm case study at the Agribusiness Outlook Forum, said that the challenges facing aquaponics in the Gulf are in the areas of institutional knowledge and capacity building. As more projects start up, however, and their benefits are understood, the momentum will start to build.
"The Bustan Aquaponics project started with the belief that arid desert regions like ours must begin to think far more widely and creatively about food security and water conservation," said Farrag. "These two issues are inextricably intertwined and crucially important in many parts of the world such as the Gulf region. As the issues of water conservation and food security gain momentum, so will the need to develop agricultural systems that are better suited for the region."
The Agribusiness Outlook Forum is a feature of the opening day of the three-day AGRA Middle East exhibition, the region's only event covering agribusiness, poultry & livestock, fishing & aquaculture, floriculture & horticulture and agricultural machinery & supplies.
Held under the patronage of His Excellency Dr. Rashid Ahmad Bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, AGRA Middle East is sponsored by platinum sponsor Al Dahra Agriculture and supported by the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water.
AGRA Middle East is co-located with VET Middle East, the leading event for the burgeoning veterinary industry in the region, presenting an opportunity for international suppliers and local distributors to showcase latest technologies, equipments and medicines in the veterinary sector.
For more information:
Gareth Wright / Sharrah Kapadia
T: +971 4 428 1502
Cell: +971 50 273 3832
firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Publication date :
Receive the daily newsletter in your email for free | Click here
Other news in this sector:
- 10/17/2018 Mushrooms a weapon in fight against global vitamin D shortage
- 10/16/2018 “Picking fresh Dutch blackberries in December”
- 10/15/2018 Agroecology could help feed Europe without pesticides by 2050
- 10/11/2018 "Make growing easier with fewer drawbacks"
- 10/11/2018 UK: Sharing is caring with Next Generation Growing (NGG) techniques
- 10/11/2018 Netherlands: Demonstration fossil-free tomato cultivation begins
- 10/11/2018 Plant Empowerment book officially launched at CGC
- 10/09/2018 Grant recipients to study produce and bee pollination
- 10/03/2018 Turkey: Growers recoup their losses with zucchini production
- 10/01/2018 Imaginative Chinese statue: Rooster made out of peppers and corn
- 10/01/2018 Turkey: Grower in Antalya switches from tomato and pepper to dragon fruit
- 10/01/2018 "Empower your plants and your business"
- 09/27/2018 ‘2018 is one of the hardest growing seasons ever’
- 09/26/2018 US: Fredericton sees giant 1,808-pound pumpkin
- 09/25/2018 Shout-out to the bell pepper
- 09/24/2018 UK: Optimising flavour in parsley and rosemary
- 09/24/2018 Grapes and algae - China's new weapons against desertification
- 09/24/2018 UK: Optimising flavour in mint
- 09/24/2018 Saving the prized chile that grows only in Oaxaca’s mountains
- 09/24/2018 Kim Jong Un presents South Korea with two tons of Pine mushrooms