Farming expert sees future in organic agriculture in Kuwait

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Kuwait Times spoke with Abdulrahman Al-Fraih, Manager of the Organic Agriculture Department at the Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources to learn more. Fraih is an expert in researching production of organic vegetables to develop new methods for the future of farms in the country.

Abdulrahman Al-Fraih: “I have recently just begun researching farming techniques in Kuwait. I hope I can provide some options in the future for farmers to grow more sustainably and hopefully incorporate more organic techniques. Previously, I was working on a project collecting and sorting native Kuwaiti seeds. I have visited several farms around the world for research purposes. There was a farm in Japan that employed people with disabilities. Another organic Dutch greenhouse produces energy and supplies it to the city. They have large generators to create energy for the greenhouse. Any additional energy they send it to the city. We should work on ways to make farms more sustainable. I want to try to use robots to help with various production tasks and collect as much water as I can. Some farms collect condensation to harvest water. So far we do not have a problem with energy, but when the prices of energy and water increase, we have to think outside the box. The farm is not only a way to produce, but we also can make it as a means of income. I do also see a future in organic agriculture. It may be small at the start, but there is a market for organic products”.

Source: ICE Kuwait

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