The UAE’s MoCCAE has signed an agreement with Shalimar Biotech Industries to initiate vertical farms on the ministry’s land in Dubai

The UAE’s Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MoCCAE) has signed an agreement with Shalimar Biotech Industries to initiate vertical farms on the ministry’s land in Dubai.

The contract will see the ministry grant 7,600 square metres of its land for the project, while offering Shalimar Biotech Industries with logistical support and services.

The company will then build 12 vertical farms finish with infrastructure provisions involving a automatic irrigation systems, water desalination plant, climate-control air conditioning and LED lighting .

Assistant Under-Secretary for the Regions Sector at MoCCAE, Sultan Alwan said, “The agreement leverages synergies between MoCCAE and the private sector to encourage innovation in agriculture, with the aim of enhancing the UAE’s food security and diversity.”

He also added, “As vertical farming has a significantly smaller carbon footprint than traditional farming, ventures such as this one align with the country’s drive to improve its agricultural self-sufficiency.”

Alwan signed the five year agreement with Shalimar Biotech Industries’ founder and CEO CP Ramachandran at the ministry’s headquarters, where Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al-Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, was present.

Sultan Alwan, Assistant Under-Secretary for the Regions Sector at MoCCAE, and CP Ramachandran, Founder and CEO of Shalimar Biotech Industries, signed the agreement at MoCCAE headquarters. Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al-Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, were present atthe signing.

The alliances plans to encourage recent agricultural technologies, offer an educational centre for local farmers, obtain year-round crop production, students and researchers, reduce agricultural waste and the risk of infection and mitigate thermal emissions from agricultural procedure.

The statement comes less than a month after Emirates Flight Catering (EKFC) stated it will co-invest $40 million to construct the world’s largest vertical farming provision near Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central. The project is a combined venture with US-based vertical farm leader Crop One Holdings.

Chairman and chief executive of Emirates airline and group, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum told building and carrying out an operation of the world’s largest vertical farming provision, covering 130,000 square feet, aligns with the UAE’s drive for more agricultural self-sufficiency.

The provision will have a production output equivalent to 900 acres of farmland. It will harvest 2,700 kg of high-quality, herbicide-free and pesticide-free leafy greens every day, utilizing 99% less water than outdoor fields.

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