A South Korean food manufacturer is currently in discussion with potential companies in Qatar and its Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) neighbours that have expressed interest in its automated vertical farming technology. Nongshim is a South Korean instant noodle and snack manufacturer with a global name in the food and beverages market.
He told Gulf Times, “Nongshim is a conglomerate with all the essential subsidiaries to be the leader in its field. By identifying key elements, Nongshim is making vertical farming less human-intensive and easier to maintain through its subsidiary, Nongshim Engineering.”
As Qatar progresses towards establishing vertical farms, Nongshim is keen to play a key role in providing vertical farming technology to interested entities, as well as the training of personnel, Bae pointed out. “In the near future and with the right collaboration with local entities, a training centre could be established to address the education and training needs of the people in the region.
“Our training is done on-site with actual professionals to help trainees experience the actual day-to-day operational experience necessary to properly manage a vertical farm. We have an exclusive programme where one will need to pass the qualifications to be a Nongshim-certified vertical farmer,” Bae explained.
He said, “While everyone is talking about vertical farming and its benefits, at Nongshim, in co-operation with Star Farm Enterprise in the US, we would like to provide education and training to help find talent and certify them to be key players in any vertical farms that would be set up in Qatar, the Middle East, or anywhere in the world.”
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