Egypt’s Plug & Grow – Agritech Firm Initiated a Soilless Solution to Water Scarcity that has affects Agrarians
By Abdul Rahman Bangura-
NEW AFRICA BUSINESS NEWS (NABN) Freetown, Sierra Leone- The firm has stated it was giving a wider range of hydroponics solutions to growers. The Agriculture Ministry in Egypt disclosed, water scarcity is amongst the growing concerns in the Egypt’s farmlands.
Also, is the shrinking of arable land, which is forcing other smaller farms to shut down. According to the UN in a statement…Egypt was anticipated to be enlisted as water-scarce by 2025 due to climate change and a recently built dam in Ethiopia that had drastically dropped the fresh water supply from the Nile.
The river is the primary source of fresh water to Egypt. Urbanization is another concern for the minus of arable land as Egypt is mostly made up of desert lands, said the UN.
To provide a solution to “feed the country”, Plug ‘n Grow introduced its soilless solutions. According to the firm, it wields sand or foam to grow plants, which curtails the allotment of water that the plants is needed. The company’s asserted that, its solutions would similarly save growers money in terms of fertilizer costs, as they did not need a controlled greenhouse setting.
Nouran El Said, the Head of Plug ‘n Grow, said hydroponics could save around 90% of water used in traditional farming because it did not allow for the wastage of water.
He said the company was only a few years old and was one of the companies that had been formed in Egypt to enhance in the crisis. El Said added that hydroponics same assured faster growth and a larger output of vegetables.
For New Africa Business News (NABN) Abdul Rahman Bangura Reports, Africa Correspondent