Qatar: Hydroponic farming having a huge impact on agri sector

Hydroponics farming has created a huge impact on Qatar’s agriculture sector as local fresh produce is becoming sustainable all-year-round, prominent Qatari agriculturist and Agrico managing director Nasser Ahmed al-Khalaf has said.

“We continue to grow and develop more farms (in Qatar) even during the summer. We never stop and have been producing every day since 2015,” he told Gulf Times.

Agrico, a private Qatari agricultural development company established in 2011, aims at helping the country achieve self-sufficiency.

The company developed a highly sophisticated hydroponics system capable of producing various types of organic and pesticide-free vegetables and fruits such as tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuces, green leafy vegetables, spring onion, eggplants, zucchinis, mushrooms, hot and sweet peppers, and melons, among others, all year long.

Al-Khalaf said all their production is hydroponic-based, which gives higher yield, better quality of vegetables and fruits, and consumes 90% less water compared to conventional system of farming.

Read the full article at Gulf Times (Joey Aguillar)

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