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KHULAIS: The last thing you can find in the midst of a dusty and dry open, located on the western edge of the desert of Saudi Arabia, is a field blooming with all kinds of herbs and vegetables.

Yet Sofien Al-Bishree, the 24-year-old CEO of Mojn Farms, has done exactly that. Qualified Engineers have proved that with a little bit of ingenuity in technical know-how, one can run a sustainable business while fulfilling their dream of greening the environment.

Al-Bishri explained to Arab News that despite the scarcity of water in the area, he was able to build a complete ecosystem using sustainable agricultural methods such as bumblebee-bee pollination, hydroponic saltwater technology and a fully automated monitoring system. was capable.

On a 15,000-square-metre strip of family land, Al-Bishri established Mojen Farm in 2020 with five greenhouses, each containing a different type of herb or vegetable.

Hydroponic technology allows the cultivation of crops without soil, with roots growing in a liquid nutrient solution or inside moist inert materials such as rockwool and vermiculite.

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Despite the water scarcity in the area, Sofian al-Bishree was able to build a complete ecosystem using sustainable farming methods such as bumblebee pollination, hydroponic saltwater technology and a fully automated monitoring system.

The watering of liquid nutrient solution is a mixture of essential plant food, which allows for faster crop growth than conventional planting methods.

The farm has a variety of crops including basil, Japanese cabbage, lettuce and cherry tomatoes. “Every home is a different ecosystem. We do this to eliminate cross-contamination, so each home is different and has its designated diversity.”King Abdullah University of Science and Technology launches partnership with Ocean Aero

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Mojan Farms is eco-friendly because the system captures and reuses water, rather than allowing it to drain. “We use drip irrigation, it reduces water use by up to 40 percent, and we work locally with a company that produces biopolymers, which form into gels that we have right now. is near.”

“When it comes to water wastage, the problem is that when you irrigate crops, the water just goes down. It does not live in soil. So these polymers hold water which turns into a water-filled gel, giving the plant enough time to absorb it, so we get very little irrigation. ,

There is also considerable automation in place, allowing for cooling and irrigation. “We need to believe in research and data, this is our game. I’ve invested in some retrofitted technology from other industries to cut down on labor requirements and time. ,King Abdullah University of Science and Technology launches partnership with Ocean Aero

Instead of an engineer constantly monitoring water use and the spread of fertilizers, Mojan’s greenhouses are equipped with a sensor system.

“All these smart devices that we have automatically connected to the cloud, all this tuned into risk management, so we protect ourselves from any damage to crops.”

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Al-Bishree said he grows crops that are demanded by the industry, and for months in a row, has been collecting data from restaurants, distributors and importers. “So we find strains that are commonly imported, and we find ways to grow them locally.”King Abdullah University of Science and Technology launches partnership with Ocean Aero

Al-Bishree said his farms produce 300 to 400 kilograms each month. He chooses to grow some Italian strains like Genovese basil which is different from the local ones. In addition, he produces Lola Rossa and Lolo Bionda lettuce, both red Italian types, mostly used to garnish burgers.

He has now decided to make his operation public. “This farm has been private, it’s just for my father and me, we come here in winter …King Abdullah University of Science and Technology launches partnership with Ocean Aero

He also plans to plant more than 3,000 mango trees as a long-term investment. “Within two years, we’re hoping it will give us enough shade to build an artificial lake and open it up for picnics and to the public and families, and make it a real park.”

“And the reason why we decided to do this now, unlike before, we are actually working with local startups now to provide the technology for that strip of land that holds water up to 80 percent reduce it, which means we can do it at a more sustainable rate. It’s good for me and good for the environment.”

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