The vertical farm is called bastanica, which in Arabic means your garden or your orchid. The building area is 100.584 square meters, and it was built with an investment of $40 million and is spread over two floors.
Ron can produce more than 1 million kilograms of vegetable leaves, which is a production volume of 1,000 kilograms per day. Nowadays, crops such as cabbage, girlish, watercress, and green plants are grown in the vertical farm. In the future, Emirates plans to expand its range of crops with new types of fruits and vegetables.
When traveling with Emirates and other airlines, they can enjoy leafy green vegetables from the onboard menu. Bostanica has revolutionized not only the display of leafy greens on board aircraft, but in the UAE it has penetrated into general retail sales, and consumers will be able to purchase them in select supermarkets. The farm is also expanding into the cultivation and sale of fruits and vegetables.
Long-term food and property security is vital to the economic growth of any country, and the UAE is no exception. Due to the limited resources of arable land and the mild climate in our region, we have a special appeal to the General Editor of AJEC Airlines Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and General Editor of Emirates Airlines and Emirates Group.
Vertical farming is a relatively recent concept and is being developed using advanced technologies. Farma Bustanica, for example, uses hydroponics, which consumes 95 percent less water than traditional agricultural practices. The closed farm system is designed to circulate water between plants to maximize their use and activity. When the water is drained, it is recycled back into the system, saving 250 million liters of water compared to the traditional outdoor cultivation method.
Farm production does not affect the world’s limited daily resources, reduces dependence on water, and harvests throughout the year are not affected by weather conditions and crops. Consumers who buy horticultural vegetables in the supermarket can only consume them from the original packaging, and washing them alone can damage and possibly contaminate the leaves.
The farm operates on the basis of advanced technologies of machine learning, artificial intelligence and advanced methods and is supported by a dedicated in-house team consisting of agricultural experts, engineers, gardeners and scientists.
Thanks to Crop One’s expertise in the vertical farming world, Bustanica products will be grown without the use of pesticides, chemicals, herbicides or fungicides. This to some extent eliminates the risk of the consumer being exposed to food and meat diseases.
After so much stuffing, building and beautiful cakes caused by the pandemic, we are thrilled to be able to celebrate this anniversary with our partner, Emirates Flight Catering. Our goal is sustainable production that meets the global demand for fresh, local raw materials. This first large farm confirms commitment and serves as a model for what can be achieved around the world Craig Ratajchik, Editorial Director of Crop One.
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