'Hydroponics can save more arable land': Pegasus
Dubai, August 26, 2014
Pegasus Agriculture, a hydroponics leader in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region, said its technology of soilless farming can strictly control the use of available arable land for agricultural purpose.
The land capable of supporting crops is paved over for roads, shopping centres, houses or for industries, with a rapid economic growth has always been accompanied by shifting land use patterns from agricultural land to industry, infrastructure and residential land, said a statement.
The hydroponics technology can help with the issue of arable land shortage, as hydroponics is the technology of soilless farming, according to the Pegasus Agriculture team.
About 40 per celt of global land is devoted to agriculture, it said. This percentage will only increase, without altering the company’s current systems of development.
The construction of a series of hydroponic farming facilities has been proposed as part of an effort to limit terrestrial biodiversity loss through the reversion of large tracts of current farmland into sustainable natural environments.
It also optimises the availability of arable land in current agricultural settings, with modern agriculture occupying far more than the 10.6 per cent of global land that is arable.
The technology seeks to moderate wide-ranging environmental concerns including the unavailability of arable land, said the team.
Hydroponics systems require less water and space than traditional agricultural systems and may be stacked in order to limit space usage. This makes them optimal for use in cities; where space is particularly limited and populations are high, it said. - TradeArabia News Service