A South Korean food manufacturer has been eyeing the Middle East as a potential destination for its vertical farming solutions. Nongshim, a South Korean instant noodles and snack manufacturer, has 11 factories globally, said Y J Bae, manager at Nongshim.
During the ‘9th Qatar International Agricultural and Environmental (Agritech and Envirotech) Exhibition 2022’ held last month at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre (DECC), Bae said several Qatari officials requested their South Korean counterparts to support Qatar in terms of advanced vertical farming technology.
“Aside from water scarcity, the conditions of the Middle East region do not support conventional farming. Since 2021, Nongshim has been pursuing this as one of its priority agendas through a dedicated team. The company has been focusing on introducing its advanced technology to Qatar, which has been enhancing its self-sufficiency program.
“Nongshim, with its highly-automated and simple vertical farming technology, is one of the pre-selected companies by Qatar Development Bank (QDB) in terms of technology for the vertical farming projects. In September 2020, QDB executives visited South Korea and toured Nongshim’s food production facilities, as well as its vertical farming facility,” Bae concluded.
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