The first experimental aquaponic plant equipped with third-generation technologies, developed by Techinnova in collaboration with Azienda Agricola Biotica and NutriTech, on behalf of the Emirati company Falcontech FZE, has been installed in Dubai. The R&D aquaponic plant can be viewed at the industrial partner Caparo Middle East’s facility in Jebel Ali, Dubai, and aims at testing the technologies developed in Europe under Emirati climatic conditions.
Furthermore, the plant intends to be used as a training laboratory in the Emirates for technicians and engineers who wish to develop their own local farming idea, as well as sustainable agriculture projects. The Chief Scientific Officer of Falcontech FZE, the Sharjah-based company whose offices are now located in the facilities of the Sharjah Technology Innovation Park, believes that the development of these technologies can be crucial for the United Arab Emirates and contribute to the country’s food independence.
Dr. Riccardo Roggeri, CEO of the Techinnova incubator and expert in aquaponic technologies, reports in a scientific note: “By leveraging this technology in Europe, we are able to breed 12 different fish species and more than 16 varieties of edible plants. By the end of 2023, we will be able to offer the UAE a robust, locally-validated technology that will enable this great nation to achieve food independence“.
This plant is an important step toward a sustainable, self-sufficient future for the UAE and demonstrates their willingness to invest in innovative technologies to achieve this goal. The experimental plant will use a combined cultivation system of plants and fish species in an integrated, closed environment, which will significantly reduce water and fertilizer use, while saving valuable resources and improving production efficiency. This solution is in line with the region’s commitment to sustainability and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and serves as a paradigm-functioning case study for the rest of the world.