When someone says the word farm, you probably imagine a large open green field. But there’s a brand new vertical indoor farm now open in Abu Dhabi that’s here to change this definition for you. With the aim of conducting research and development, AeroFarms with the support of the Abu Dhabi Investment Office has opened the world’s largest indoor vertical farm. And we’re here with all the information you ought to know about this innovative development.
World’s Largest Indoor Vertical Farm In Abu Dhabi
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In a round of exciting developments, the world’s largest indoor vertical farm is now open in Abu Dhabi for research and development. Moreover, the state-of-the-art facility is located in the Industrial area of Mussafah. The first indoor vertical farm outside the US, AeroFarms based out of New Jersey, AeroFarms AgX has been launched with the help of the Abu Dhabi Investment Office.
A glance at some of the important features of this vertical farm
- It boasts an area of over 65,000 square feet.
- This is the first indoor vertical farm by AeroFarms outside the USA.
- A team of 12 scientists and engineers, including Emiratis, are working here.
- The facility will later employ 60 engineers+, scientists, and horticulturalists for organoleptic research and precision phenotyping, and phytochemical analysis.
- The facility boasts a growth chamber, speed breeding room, and precision indoor plants room, amongst more.
- This facility uses no pesticides and 95% less water!
What Is The Purpose Of This Farm?
Talking about the aim of the farm, Fadi Sbati, General Manager of AeroFrams AgX told that they’re trying to substitute different elements of nature like sunrise, to simulate it indoors for plant growth. As reported by Khaleej Times, this facility comprises the Precision Indoor Plants Room, R&D Environment Growth Chamber, Speed Breeding Room, and R&D Lab Space, to name a select few. However, later the farm will employ over 60 engineers, scientists, and even horticulturalists. Together, they will conduct organoleptic research and precision phenotyping, phytochemical analysis, and even research on next-generation machine vision, automation, and machine learning.
As mentioned above, this facility is supported by AIDO, which comes under its goal of developing sustainable environment opportunities! Additionally, it’s worth noting that AeroFarms signed a collaboration agreement with Silal that focuses on improving the genetics and seedling quality of vegetables and fruits. As such, This is being done to make their varieties more resilient and tolerant to extreme growing conditions.
So, what do you think about this development?
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