Partners aim to deliver over 27 hectares of production to serve KSA
The National Agricultural Development Company (Nadec) recently announced a strategic partnership with the UAE’s Pure Harvest Smart Farms to deliver a large-scale national food security project in the Kingdom, which aims to deliver over 27 hectares of production near-term, with prospects for significant future expansions on Nadec’s lands, serving KSA consumers a wide variety of locally and sustainably grown, high-quality, fresh produce year-round, according to a press statement.
Pure Harvest will design, construct and operate high-tech, climate-controlled hybrid food production systems that allow year-round production of high-quality, safe and sustainably-grown fresh fruits & vegetables, free of pesticides.
The parties completed and commissioned their first-ever project in December 2021, producing over fifteen varieties of high-quality, hydroponically grown tomatoes in an approximately 6-hectare high-tech, climate-controlled growing system in Nadec City, Haradh, KSA.
This state-of-the-art, sustainable tomato production facility is fully integrated into Nadec’s existing infrastructure, including its innovative 30-MW captive solar farm.
“We remain steadfast in our commitment to provide safe, secure, local food supply for our customers, and this partnership is a new opportunity for us to delight those customers, while at the same time making a momentous contribution to the country’s food security and water conservation objectives,” stressed Dr. Solaiman A. AlTwaijri, CEO, Nadec.
“Our purpose at Pure Harvest is to enable positive change through smart, sustainable farming, and Nadec shares this objective,” remarked Sky Kurtz, Founder & CEO, Pure Harvest Smart Farms.