Qatar University (QU) and its partners Chiyoda Corporation and Chiyoda Almana Engineering have successfully completed a hydroponic Vegetable Factory project with the first harvest, it was announced Monday.

It was in July 2019 that QU's Office of Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, with sponsor Marubeni Corporation (a major Japanese diversified trading and investment business conglomerate), signed an agreement with Chiyoda Corporation Japan and Chiyoda Almana Engineering Qatar to establish the Vegetable Factory for research purposes.

The project, located at QU's Agricultural Research Station's (ARS) permanent site, 70 km from Doha, was jointly implemented by the ARS and the Centre for Sustainable Development (CSD). The Vegetable Factory Project was one among many ongoing collaborations between QU and Marubeni Cooperation, it was explained in a statement issued Monday by Chiyoda Almana Engineering.

As part of this agreement, global engineering major Chiyoda Corporation was awarded the engineering and procurement work of the hydroponic cultivation systems and equipment, while Chiyoda Almana Engineering, the local subsidiary of Chiyoda Corporation in Qatar, was engaged for the equipment's transportation, assembly, and installation work.

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