posted on 29/11/2010: 2955 views
Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, hydroponic farm in Ras Al Khaimah.
Hydroponics is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without soil. Terrestrial plants may be grown with their roots in the mineral nutrient solution only or in an inert medium, such as perlite, gravel, mineral wool, or coconut husk.
The minister viewed the farming techniques used to produce vegetables like cucumber, tomato, Lettuce, pepper, egg plants, carrot and shrubbery.
Reports show that this method of farming saves up to 70 per cent of irrigation water.
The opening of this state-of-the-art farm demonstrates the ministry's commitment to introduce and follow up advanced technologies and assess farmers' technical and material requirements, study challenges they are facing so as to address them expansion of new farming techniques with major investment projects to achieve food security and conserve the environment.
The minister said the move is part of the ministry's policy, which was launched in 2009, to expand vertical cultivation of crops through plastic green houses. Five farms were selected for pilot trial across the country and now we have 20 hydroponic farm containing 105 green houses. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
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