Jordan: Aquaponics farm project to increase water efficiency and create jobs

A project initiated by the Jordan Agricultural Engineers Association is working to establish an aquaponics farm in the Jordan Valley, which is expected to increase water efficiency and create jobs.

Director of the Directorate of Agriculture in the Jordan Valley, Raed Sharman, told The Jordan Times that the Ministry of Agriculture inked an agreement with the association last week to allocate 10 dunums of land for the project.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is also contributing to the project with a $75,000 grant, President of the Agricultural Engineers Association Ahmad Hammouri told The Jordan Times. According to Hammouri, the project is expected to create jobs for over 15 agriculture engineers and 20 indirect jobs for workers from other sectors.

The farm’s production volume will contribute to enhancing the self-sufficiency of certain types of fish and plants, in addition to creating “much needed” stable sources of income in the Jordan Valley, he said. Aquaponics is a “water efficient and sustainable” form of farming that enables year-round farming in an indoor, controlled environment that allows farmers to bypass seasonal limitations, Hammouri explained.


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