Qatar: Agrico's aquaponics farm opened at Carrefour

Qatar Chamber first vice-chairman Mohamed bin Towar al-Kuwari has opened tan aquaponics internal farm for Agrico Agricultural Development at Carrefour inside City Center Doha. The opening ceremony was attended by Agrico chairman Ahmed al-Khalaf and managing director Nasser Ahmed al-Khalaf, as well as a number of businessmen.

In a related statement, Carrefour Qatar announced the launch of its first aquaponic farm at its City Center outlet in Doha's West Bay, in line with its "sustainability strategy and commitment to environmental protection". The all-new initiative comes in co-operation with Agrico Qatar, a Qatari-owned company in the sustainable agriculture industry.

Agrico has developed this national agricultural project, which depends on the recent aquaponics technologies, which is considered one of the smartest and most sustainable agricultural systems, according to a Qatar Chamber statement. Aquaponics is a form of agriculture that combines raising fish in tanks with soilless plant culture. 

The farm’s expected production capacity is about 32,000 tons of various types of vegetables annually. The project was initially launched on a 4,000sqm area featuring a horizontal indoor farming system. "With this milestone, Carrefour Qatar highlights the importance of sustainable solutions in the fresh food industry by providing alternatives to conventional farming, one being the aquaponic ecosystem for plant and food production. The aquaponic farming initiative by Agrico Qatar aims to witness remarkable saving of agriculture water and farmland, in turn promoting sustainable agriculture among communities," the Carrefour Qatar statement noted.

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