Commercial Hydroponics- A Viable Solution For Mena Regions

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Food security is a significant concern for governments in MENA region, which is already heavily dependent on food imports.

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Commercial Hydroponics- A Viable Solution For Mena Regions’ Food Shortage Issue

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Food security is a significant concern for governments in MENA region which is already heavily dependent on food imports. While agricultural productivity for the region as a whole increased markedly during the 1990s due to modernization effortswithwatermanagementtheregionstillfacesafooddeficitof50-90million tonsby2020.

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Hydroponicsofferssomepotentialtoreducefoodsecurityrisksoftheregionand almost all the MENA countries are now exploring the potential of ” —soil-free agricultureandverticalfarming —inordertobeself-sufficientinfoodproduction by2023. There is rapid growth in Global Food Market and it is time that nations become self-sufficient in its agriculture production. Modern agriculture occupies far more thanthe10.6percentofgloballandthatisarable.

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In Saudi Arabia arable land is very limited therefore it is highly challenging for it to produce adequate food. Saudi Arabia imports 95 of their fresh fruits and vegetables for which the nation is paying massive premiumsasaconsequenceburdening its economy. Most of the MENA countries suffer from a lack of arable landandclimatethatareunsuitablefor themassproductionoffood. For the countries where natural resources are a question in supporting agricultural growth commercialization of hydroponic farming is the viable answer. The hydroponic technique is highly sustainable a onetime infrastructure investment can bring 100 years of returns. The growth of high yield crops means returns on investmentsaremadequickly.

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We can confidently assure that hydroponic farming is a win - win situation for all as with 80 less water usage and efficient utilization of land. Hydroponics is one of the many choices but the most sustainable one for a viable and greener agriculture for the MENAregion. Pegasus Agriculture Dubai http://pegasusagriculture.com/ Citadel Tower Business Bay Dubai United Arab Emirates P . O. Box 235427 Telephone: +9710 48 188 300 Email: infopegasusagriculture.com

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