The farm delivers approximately 10kg of fresh herbs and microgreens per day, equivalent to the yield of about 1 acre of farmland.
Leading shopping mall operator Majid Al Futtaim has launched Dubai’s first in-store hydroponic farm at its Carrefour market in Al Wasl store to increase the quantity of fresh, local, and sustainable produce.
The farm is the group’s third of its kind – two are already present in Carrefour locations at Yas Mall and My City Centre Masdar – and is part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) to promote sustainable locally-grown produce.
Hydroponics is one of the most efficient farming techniques as it enables fresh produce to grow in a controlled and hygienic environment, while reducing food miles and carbon footprint involved in food production, and using 90 percent less water and less space than traditional farms.
It delivers approximately 10kg of fresh herbs and microgreens per day, equivalent to the yield of about 1 acre of farmland.
The farm is in line with Majid Al Futtaim’s Net Positive commitment, which aims to offset the company’s water and carbon footprint by 2040.
Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, said Majid Al Futtaim’s hydroponic farms are a “prime example of private-led ventures that help drive our sustainability agenda. We applaud the group’s steadfast dedication to environmental stewardship.”
Alain Bejjani, Chief Executive Officer at Majid Al Futtaim Holding, said the increased supply of locally-grown produce is “key to ensuring long-term food security in the UAE.”
“With the introduction of our latest in-store hydroponics farm, we are expanding our own sustainable farming capabilities. At the same time, we are working closely with local farmers to stock their produce in our stores. These initiatives are great for our customers, the local economy and the environment,” he added.
The latest in-store farm on Al Wasl spans 24 square metres, 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.
Arabian Business. May 1, 2020