Seeing the poor state of many Palestinian farms, Maroof Rabba’, a Nablus-based accountant, began to teach himself aquaponics, a technique that combines hydroponics — the cultivation of plants in water — and fish farming.
Rabba’, a skilled linguist, became a master of the craft by reading books in Italian and English, and researching online.
“There is very little material on the subject in Arabic,” said Rabba’, 43. “I was in contact with many experts worldwide, and they helped me start my project.”
His company, Petrichor Aquaponics, today operates an 80 square meter greenhouse, and has drawn a strong response locally and internationally, especially from farmers and potential investors.
“People are now more familiar with the concept. In Palestine, we have a lot of agricultural challenges because of political, environmental and ecological problems, especially lack of water,” Rabba’ said.