ADQ, an Abu Dhabi-based investment and holding company, has announced the launch of the ZERO vertical farming project, the first of several controlled environment agricultural concepts housed in its cutting-edge AgTech Park ecosystem. The project aims to enhance indoor farming locally and explore and push the boundaries of desert-climate farming in the UAE. The inaugural farming facility is in KEZAD, the UAE’s largest operator and developer of fully integrated and specialized economic zones. The pilot phase is expected to conclude in the summer of 2023. The full-scale, 200-hectare AgTech Park aims to target production volumes of over 40 kilotons of fresh fruits and vegetables annually, accounting for up to 6% and 12% of the UAE’s total consumption and import of the produce grown within the park.
According to Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamsi, Managing Director and AD Ports Group CEO, the park’s breakthrough technology will allow the UAE to contribute to shortening and “greening” the food value chain, which is a top priority for policymakers around the world. As the UAE strides towards strengthening self-sufficiency in critical sectors, ADQ has anchored itself as a leader in the food and agriculture sector to drive Abu Dhabi’s resilience for future generations, uniting national champions with regional growth ambitions and home-grown brands addressing market gaps within its thriving priority clusters.
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