The UAE has launched a new aquaponics projects with the help of the Khalifa Fund. It combines tilapia aquaculture with vegetable hydroponics by using the waste of the fish as fertilizer.
‘The MoU will include the transfer of technology, sustainable management of natural resources including water and forests, sustainable crop production and protection, the rational management of animal and fisheries resources, animal health, capacity building and the strengthening of rural institutions.’
It aims at small-scale agricultural producers and fishermen, to help them increase and diversify food production. It ties into Saudi Arabia’s plans to move away from water intensive cereals to water saving technologies and more value added crops.