By Staff writer
The company boasts sustainable production of green, clean, and locally-sourced crops in the UAE
Smart Acres is set to launch in the UAE in Q3 this year, with the promise of bringing a green and efficient way of producing clean crops locally.
Based on the Armed Forces Officers Club in Abu Dhabi, the hydroponic vertical farm, which is currently in the proof-of-concept stage, will enhance food security and provide a solution to potential socioeconomic threats, such as pandemics, and climate limitations the Middle East currently experiences.
In collaboration with n.thing, a South Korean vertical farming technology company, Smart Acres has been able to design farm modules using an IoT-based technology system to grow and monitor their produce, a system that not only consumes less resources but generates ultra-high quality crops.
With a vertical farming design that won their technology the CES 2020 Innovation Award, their IoT-based vertical farming method provides a solution to many common impediments within the agriculture industry such as water waste, depletion of nutrients in soil, infestation of insects, and more.
Not only do the modules and technology produce high quality crops, but they are also able to withstand the extreme weather conditions of the region making it possible for year-round cultivation, harvesting crops 12-folds per year.
The company is in the midst of producing a variety of lettuce and herbs such as Green Glace, Oakleaf, Lollo Rosso, and Shiso, with plans to eventually grow baby spinach, mature spinach, and baby arugula. Smart Acres’ vision is to expand to meet the demand of popular produce in the region such as strawberries, with a shift and emphasis on cultivating potato seeds.
The future expansion plan of the company is the development of Smart Acres Institute of Food Security & Agriculture, which will be built on the existing family plot of land owned by their CEO, Abdulla al Kaabi.