UAE – Fresh greens, including lettuce, from United Arab Emirates vertical farm to go on sale for the first time in September.
The vegetables are grown under LED lights inside eight converted shipping containers using hydroponics – where crops are grown with nutrient-rich water instead of soil, The National reported.
The prices of lettuce from the farm will range between Dh40 to Dh45 a kilogram, almost the same price as organic lettuce.
The 237-square-metre facility at Abu Dhabi’s Armed Forces Officers Club can produce 900kg of lettuce a month, according to the report.
Smart Acres, the company behind the venture, initially planned to sell its products to hotels and restaurants, but the ongoing pandemic threat has driven them attract individuals.
“More people are aware of issues such as food security, locally-sourced food and sustainability, so that has really helped put our name out there and get awareness in the market,” said the company’s director, Sean Lee, as quoted by The National.
“But at the same time, with the economy not in the best state, a lot of consumers are feeling the pinch and very aware of the cost of what they eat and what they buy. So we’re trying to find the right balance.”
Preliminary, the Acres started operations in March, now gearing to enter the commercial market.