Sarah Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Technology, recently visited the VeggiTech farm in Al Zubair, Sharjah. The minister toured the farm focusing on the grow light-assisted hydroponic and protected hydroponic facilities. She was also briefed on VeggiTech’s role in enhancing the adoption of advanced technology with the sole aim of disrupting the agriculture sector.
Sarah Al Amiri commended the level of advanced technology adoption at VeggiTech, adding that the company is using tech to enhance production efficiencies of many varieties of vegetables, aiming to use less water and power. “With the goal of topping the Global Food Security Index by 2051, enhancing sustainable food production is one of the cornerstones of the UAE’s strategy.” She added.
“The Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology is keen to support all initiatives and projects that adopt advanced technology applications.” She concluded. The CEO highlighted that by using progressive and modernized agricultural technologies, VeggiTech wants to address key challenges of traditional farming such as soil, temperature, and water.
“To battle this, the company uses protected hydroponics, and grows lights-assisted hydroponics. All the produce sold by the company to their consumers are grown throughout the year in artificially simulated weather conditions with hydroponics and growth lights,” he concluded.
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