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The world’s first commercial-scale indoor tomato farm in set to open in Abu Dhabi later this year, as part of Madar Farms’ commitment to producing locally grown food.
The 5,000 square metre facility currently under construction at Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD) will only use LED lights to grow fresh tomatoes and microgreens.
Once the facility becomes fully operational by the end of this year, it is expected to triple the amount of microgreens currently grown by Masdar Farms.
All produce grown on the farm will be distributed locally across the UAE and available for purchase.
Madar Farms is an agricultural pioneer in the capital and this development boosts its efforts to develop local food for local consumption.
It will also contribute towards the UAE’s goals of tackling food and water security challenges common to the region.
We shared tips on how you can do your part to further the UAE’s National Food Strategy last year.
The tomato farm, designed by the Dutch firm Certhon, will be powered by more than 5,000 ultra efficient Philips GreenPower LED fixtures from Signify. This growing technology is based on Certhon’s proprietary cooling and automation systems.
As part of its commitment to sustainable farming methods, the tomatoes will be grown using the most water-efficient system in the world, using 30% less water per kilogramme of tomatoes compared to even the highest tech greenhouses.
Commenting on the announcement, Abdulaziz AlMulla, CEO and co-founder of Madar Farms, said: “Our new state-of-the-art farming facility is a milestone moment for Madar Farms.
“As the population in the UAE continues to grow and there’s more focus on sustainability, the new farm will help to meet this increasing demand and give UAE consumers more options to enjoy the best quality fresh locally-grown produce.
“Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi is the ideal location for the new farm. Situated half-way between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, we will be able to transport our daily harvests to each Emirate in just hours rather than days.”