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Old November 13th, 2005, 04:06 PM   #1
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New High-Tech Farm (farming without soil project ($80 million))

Hi, well this is different, I like it, not your typical buildings and towers. Plus, more greenery in a way and it doesn't use soil, enjoy:

http://www.alayam.com/PDF/Page45.pdf

http://www.alayam.com/PDF/Page47.pdf
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Old November 13th, 2005, 07:26 PM   #2
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If I find an english article, I'll post it here.
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are they using hydroponic farming techniques??
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Yes shugs. Well here is the english article, enjoy:


BAHRAIN will become the regional home of "high-tech farmers", who will become partners in an $80 million (BD30.24m) soil-less agriculture (hydroponics) project - the first of its kind in the Middle East. The project will be financed by Kuwait Finance House (KFH) and implemented using American and Dutch technology.

Details of the project were unveiled by KFH head of corporate finance Osama Al Khaja at a regional workshop on water technologies in agriculture and irrigation, which ended at the Bahrain International Exhibition Centre (BIEC) yesterday.

The two-day workshop was organised by the United Nations Industrial Development Organis-ation (Unido) through its Investment and Technology Pro-motion Office (ITPO), Bahrain.

It was held parallel to Water Middle East 2005, which opens at the BIEC today.

The workshop was organised in co-operation with the Arabian Gulf University (AGU), the Arab Gulf Programme for United Nations Development Organisations (Agfund), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) Cairo office and KFH.

The first hydroponics project to be established in Bahrain would create numerous job opportunities for Bahrainis and lead to more diversification of the country's economy, said Unido-ITPO head Dr Hashim Hussein.

The project will include a research and development centre with an estimated investment of $15 million (BD5.67m).

"The project will develop a group of hi-tech farmers in Bahrain, who will become its partners," said Dr Hussein.

"Seventeen water and agriculture experts who took part in the workshop endorsed the project and encouraged other Arab countries to follow Bahrain's example."

The experts were from Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and Yemen.

The workshop served as a follow-up to a regional workshop on Management of Water and Related Technologies, held in September last year.

"One of the recommendations of the workshop was to better manage and utilise water resources - especially in the field of agriculture and irrigation," said Dr Hussein.

"It discussed the future sustainability of agriculture in the region under the prevailing water and land constraints and the role of agricultural technologies in overcoming these constraints and enhancing the sector's contribution in the region's socio-economic development and food security."

Major topics discussed included management of water demand for sustainable agricultural development and relevant policy issues in the region; groundwater resources and agricultural policies in GCC countries; private sector role in agricultural development; increasing water use efficiency in agriculture through irrigation systems; and soil-less agriculture as a tool for maximising the utilisation of dry land resources.

The experts represented the public/government agricultural sector, private sector, international and regional organisations, academics and researchers.
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