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Vertical Field signs pilot agreement

Agreement signed for installment of multiple farms in the UAE

Guy Elitzur, CEO of Vertical Field said: "This collaborative project is a first-of-its-kind partnership that offers Vertical Field's innovative agricultural technologies to the Emirates and the Gulf Region. The Makalde Group brings forty years of experience and wide knowledge in the field of agricultural inputs and resources and we bring the technology.

Arid desert regions face many challenges surrounding the production of high-quality agricultural produce at low prices. With the help of various agricultural technologies and new developments, we believe that we can successfully align the demands of the market with competitive prices without compromising quality- and most importantly with increased access and availability. 

Vertical Field has signed an agreement with Emirates Smart Solutions & Technologies (ESST), a company that develops innovative agricultural projects in the Persian Gulf, to deploy pilot vertical farms as a first stage to full-scale deployments in the United Arab Emirates.

Maher Makalde, CEO and Partner of ESST said: "We are excited for the opportunity to partner with Vertical Field and bring Israeli vertical technology that enables the growth of produce in a controlled and predictable way. By overcoming harsh outdoor climate conditions, and enabling reliable, high-quality, and pesticide-free produce year-round. Our goal is to establish food security that is independent of imports and to develop a high-quality agricultural infrastructure that reaches the retail market."

Vertical Field develops vertical agricultural farms that enable crops to grow in the city. Vertical Field's unique technology enables produce to grow on a bed of soil (geoponically) inside of repurposed shipping containers. Vertical Field's advanced technologies enable high-quality crops to grow quickly and efficiently in optimum conditions without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides.

These customizable urban farms can grow a range of fresh crops for supermarkets, restaurants, urban farmer's markets, and distribution centers. Vertical Field's technology is more efficient and less wasteful than conventional agricultural methods, using 90% less water, and growing precise quantities of produce in a controlled environment.

Produce inside Vertical Field's containers can therefore grow 365 days a year, are not limited to seasonality constraints, weather conditions, extreme climate events, or geographic location. The farms are modular, expandable, and moveable, and can be managed automatically. Produce is grown in a sterile container with minimal human interference. Crops that are currently grown on the farm include several varieties of lettuce, basil, parsley, kale, mint, and more, which are sold at competitive prices.

Within the framework of the UAE agreement, Vertical Field will conduct a pilot project that will ascertain the most suitable crops for the local market. The project will be conducted with the professional support and oversight of the Company's Israeli agronomists. The vertical farm is designed to provide local and on-site produce that is free of chemical pesticides and fertilizers for both commercial establishments as well as the private sector. The first stage of the project will be launched in the United Arab Emirates and is expected to expand into a multimillion-dollar partnership that will include deployments in additional states of the Gulf region.

The first farm will be installed in Umm Al Quwain as part of a research, development, and training center, which is expected to support additional projects in the rest of the Gulf states. The rising costs of shipping food as well as an increased desire for food security and regional independence has played a strong role in the development of the ESST-Vertical Field partnership.

For more information:
Vertical Field
Guy Elitzur, Founder and CEO of Vertical Field
[email protected] 
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