By Sam Bridge
First hydroponic farms in Abu Dhabi aim to supply locally grown agricultural products across all Carrefour stores in the UAE
Carrefour has launched the region’s first hydroponic in-store farms at Carrefour in Abu Dhabi which aim to supply locally grown agricultural products across all Carrefour stores in the UAE.
Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE), inaugurated the hydroponic in-store farms which are located at Carrefour’s stores in Abu Dhabi’s My City Centre Masdar and Yas Mall.
The hydroponic farms are part of the company’s net positive strategy that aims to overcompensate its water and carbon footprint by 2040.
Carrefour’s hydroponic farms are the result of a recently renewed memorandum of understanding between MOCCAE and Majid Al Futtaim Retail to sell locally grown agricultural products across all Carrefour stores in the UAE and enhance the use of innovative farming methods.
The two farms are the first of their kind to be installed in the region. They use 90 percent less water and less space than traditional farms to deliver around 25kg of fresh herbs and microgreens a day.
The isolated and temperature-controlled glass farming chambers were designed in line with the highest standards of hydroponics, the company said.
While not accessible, the farms are visible to consumers at the stores, significantly enhancing their shopping experience. With virtually no food miles involved, customers are free to choose from a select range of herbs and microgreens, once fully grown, at the store, it added.
Al Zeyoudi said: "The UAE spares no effort in leveraging new technologies and innovative solutions to reach high levels of sustainability across the board. In this context, MOCCAE supports technological development and innovative techniques in the agricultural sector, including vertical and hydroponic farming that reduces water consumption by at least 90 percent and increases the productivity of multiple agricultural products.
"The Ministry constantly encourages farmers to adopt modern farming methods through providing subsidized agricultural inputs and guidance."
He acknowledged the achievements of Majid Al Futtaim in initiating projects that harness new farming techniques and contributing to meeting the country’s sustainability goals.For all the latest retail news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.