Majid Al Futtaim has inaugurated Dubai’s first in-store hydroponic farm at its Carrefour market Al Wasl store with an aim to promote sustainable locally-grown produce, enabled by innovative solutions.
The farm increases the quantity of fresh, local, and sustainable produce supplied to Carrefour customers.
What is a Hydrophonic Farm?
Hydroponics is a subset of hydroculture, which is a method of growing plants without soil, by instead using mineral nutrient solutions in a water solvent. In addition to reducing the food miles and carbon footprint involved in food production, the farm also uses 90 per cent less water and less space than traditional farms to deliver approximately 10kg of fresh herbs and microgreens per day, equivalent to the yield of about 1 acre of farmland.
The farm also uses 90 per cent less water and less space than traditional farms
His Excellency Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment said: “Hydroponics and other modern cultivation methods are reshaping the sector and making it more sustainable. Given that the UAE has a shortage of arable land and fresh water, our wise leadership has committed to implementing innovative agricultural solutions that reduce the pressure on our natural resources.”
The latest in-store farm on Al Wasl joins two others farms in Carrefour locations at Yas Mall and My City Centre Masdar. The Al Wasl farm has a total growing area of 54 square metres and can accommodate up to 16 varieties of leafy greens, including lettuce, arugula, and kale, and herbs, such as basil, dill, and sorrel.
The newly opened farm responds to customers’ growing interest in fresh produce farmed and sold inside stores. The farm also educates people of all ages about modern low-impact farming techniques. The recent lockdown situation indeed has put a much required focus on having dependence on home grown produce to sustain life.