DUBAI: Dr Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, chaired the first meeting of UAE Hydroponics Society. Hydroponics is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions in water without soil.
The minister stated that his ministry was adopting modern technology that is highly efficient in use of irrigation water and special focus is lent to greenhouse and hydroponic farming.
The ministry, he said, had supported hydroponic farmers as part of its food security strategy and efforts to conserve the rich resources of water by using less water for irrigation purposes and to use highly efficient chemical pesticides to grow healthy products.
He added that a series of meetings were held to educate farmers about the society and its objectives.
The meeting, attended by 22 hydroponic growers, discussed the statute of the society, its mission, message and goals, organisational structure and action plan as well as other measures to launch the society officially.
The UAE has 700 greenhouses using farming without soil, occupying 191,000 square metres.The technology could reduce water consumption for irrigation of vegetables by up to 70 per cent in comparison to open ground farming methods.
Hydroponics is being adapted around the world for food production mostly because of the fact that it doesn’t require soil. The water stays in the system and can be reused — thus, lowering water costs.
It is possible to control the nutrition levels in their entirety — thus, lowering nutrition costs.
No nutrition pollution is released into the environment because of the controlled system.
Stable and high yields pests and diseases are easier to get rid of than in soil because of the container’s mobility. It is also easier to harvest.Today, hydroponics is an established branch of agronomy. Progress has been rapid, and results obtained in various countries have proved it to be thoroughly practical and to have very definite advantages over conventional methods of horticulture.