Qatar: Melon grower increases production with hydroponics

Prominent Qatari agriculturist Nasser Ahmed al-Khalaf told Gulf Times that his farm will harvest melons and watermelons, grown for the first time in the country using hydroponics, in the coming weeks.

"We have also increased the (production of various types of) herbs,” disclosed al-Khalaf, who is also the owner and managing director of Agrico.

A private Qatari agricultural development company, established in 2011, Agrico produces organic vegetables and fruits year-round in Al Khor using hydroponics systems and aims to help Qatar achieve food security. 

Al-Khalaf said that they will be harvesting between 800kg and 1,000kg of watermelons per week from next week, while melons would take 30-45 days more. These types of fruits are grown separately in two greenhouses.

Read more at the Gulf Times

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