Dubai’s Food Tech Valley and ReFarm to build a hi-tech gigafarm – The National

  • Date: 07-Dec-2023
  • Source: The National
  • Sector:Agriculture
  • Country:UAE
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Dubai’s Food Tech Valley and ReFarm to build a hi-tech gigafarm – The National



Dubai’s food technology centre, Food Tech Valley, has entered into an agreement with the ReFarm group of companies to build a gigafarm which will be capable of growing more than three million kilograms of produce annually.The project, the companies said in a joint statement on Wednesday, aims to support the UAE’s move to decarbonise food production, replacing 1 per cent of the country’s fresh produce imports.Under the agreement, signed at the Cop28 summit, the construction of the 83,612 square metre farm will start in mid-2024, with the project expected to be fully operational by 2026.The innovative waste-to-value farm will be capable of recycling more than 50,000 tonnes of food waste and growing two billion plants each year, the statement said.“Rethinking our food production systems is a clear priority, and the decision of ReFarm to launch a facility in Dubai’s Food Tech Valley is a significant step forward for the development of a technologically advanced, low-carbon agricultural sector,” said Dr Thani Al Zeyoudi the UAE Minister of State for Foreign Trade."ReFarm’s mission to make farming autonomous, self-sufficient and sustainable is very much in line with our goal to use innovative techniques to meet our food needs.”A look inside Cop28's bustling farm,