27 Nov 2013 |
World innovation news |
Sahara Forest Project: Desert Farming First Result
Imagine using desert soils to produce food, water and energy. Science-fiction, dream, utopia? Not any more seeing the first result report for pilot facility released. “Through two and a half years of studies, field testing and operations a solid foundation is now in place for enabling the roll-out of The Sahara Forest Project”, says Joakim Hauge, CEO of The Sahara Forest (SFP). SFP pilot facility in Qatar is a partnership between Yara International ASA, Qatar Fertilizer Company (Qafco) and The Sahara Forest Project.A result report was released recently. The yield in the pilot stage is above 75 kg of cucumbers per m2 a year. It’s competitive with that of leading European greenhouse operations. The greenhouse is able to produce even in this summer hot area achieving up to 15 degrees cooling.
For the production of food, SFP project will use only saltwater and renewable energy.
They are now planning a 20 hectare facility. With 60 hectare facilities, they would be able to stop import cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers and aubergines to Qatar.