Dubai agritech startup wants to fertilize the desert

SourceArab News

DUBAI: A Dubai agritech startup is preparing a commercial rollout of its technology that can turn deserts into fertile land, state news agency WAM reported. Desert Control, which has offices in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, has graduated from its program at Dubai’s in5 incubator, and is ready to introduce its liquid natural clay (LNC) to the market. Its spray technology helps topsoil, sandy soil, and even desert sand to retain water and nutrients, helping to reverse soil degradation and regreen arid land.

“We are especially proud that the gardens adjacent to in5 were treated with LNC and the results were spectacular: 45 percent less irrigation water was needed to create a lush, healthy green lawn and landscape areas in comparison to traditional methods,” said Desert Control Managing Director Atle Idland. The company is now in a scale-up phase where it needs to recruit employees and lease more space, following a successful initial public offering on Euronext Growth Oslo, where more...