Automation, vertical farming key to resilient regional food supply chain

A high-tech approach to agriculture that integrates automation and vertical farming will be the key to cultivating a resilient regional food supply chain.

That was the message today from Sarah bint Yousif Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Sciences, during a visit to Madar Farms, a UAE-based vertical farming company pioneering sustainable agriculture through advanced technology adoption.

During her tour of Madar Farm’s Abu Dhabi-based research and development centre, she was briefed by technical experts on how advanced technologies can respond rapidly and efficiently to the increasing demand for food in the region and beyond. She heard how techniques such as crop forecasting can help achieve more sustainable agriculture throughout the year.

She said, “With the global population projected to reach more than 9.7 billion by 2050, feeding the world sustainably will be one of our most critical challenges. In the UAE, we are taking an innovative approach to this challenge, with advanced technologies and Fourth Industrial Revolution solutions at the heart of our strategy.

“As outlined in Operation 300Bn, the UAE’s leadership and the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology have made it a national priority to foster an innovative industrial ecosystem, underpinned by advanced technologies, which is capable of enhancing and stimulating the growth of vital sectors like agriculture.”


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