Egypt: Vertical farm recycles plastic bottles

In Egypt’s Nile Delta, more specifically the Beheira governorate, a climate-positive farm boasts new agricultural mechanisms. Tulima Farms spreads over an area of ​​25,000 square meters and adopts climate-friendly methods to boost production while ensuring sustainability.

Seif Salama, operations director of Tulima Farms, said that the idea of the farm started with using automated agricultural tents that are monitored to track the condition and growth of crops by the minute and to adapt to climate change.

“The farm’s main goal is adapting to climate changes but also to recycle everything we can use and benefit from. For example, we use alternative soil made of coconut fibers. Through these ground coconut bristles, plants can grow in a medium free from diseases, molds, bacteria, and any damage caused by the soil itself. We also use recycled plastic containers and a closed recycled water circuit that saves 90% of the water. Irrigation of crops thus relies on hydroponics. Moisture levels are also controlled,” Salama explained. “In addition, we grow our products inside bags made of recycled plastic bottles.”

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