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Organic Farm In UAE Shows What Can Be Accomplished In The Desert

April 29, 2010: 11:26 PM EST
Only few farms in the United Arab Emirates produce organic foods such as baby food, fruits, vegetables and breakfast cereals. But that should change soon. The government wants 3,000 hectares (7,413 acres) eventually set aside for organic farming. But organic farming in the UAE is not an easy proposition. Nazwa Organic Farm has been around for awhile and was recently certified by the government. It has overcome numerous obstacles, but it still manages to deliver organically grown crops to 170 customers twice a week at reasonable prices. Crops grown without chemicals must be harvested, transported and marketed quickly or they will spoil in the hot and humid UAE climate. The farm uses 50,000 gallons of well water a day, and spends $6,800 a month on electricity for its giant air-conditioned greenhouses.
Nadeem Hanif, "Organic at its best: Green and clean", Gulf News, April 29, 2010, © Al Nisr Publishing LLC
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