General / Saudi universities and KACST visit the Seawater Agriculture Research Unit project
Wednesday 3/3/1442 AH corresponding to 10/28/2020 AD, SPA
Jeddah 11 Rabi` al-Awwal 1442 AH corresponding to October 28, 2020 AD SPA
Members of the faculty and researchers at a number of Saudi universities and the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology visited the research unit project for agriculture using sea water, at the headquarters of the National Fisheries Center in Obhur, Jeddah.
The Director General of the General Administration for Agricultural Research and Extension at the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture, Dr. Bandar bin Muhammad Al-Saqhan, explained that the visit aims to introduce opportunities for future research partnerships to develop business and research and development activities in the unit, especially in the fields of sea water uses and alternative energy for agricultural production, stressing that this visit comes In the context of the importance of partnerships in scientific research with academic bodies at the national academic level, as these partnerships are considered within the plan of the Agriculture Agency represented by the General Administration of Research and Agricultural Extension at the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture to apply and develop research experiences.
Dr. Al-Saqhan expressed the importance of continuing to develop research work with partners in Saudi universities to develop the research unit project for agriculture using sea water, which depends entirely on sustainable energy “solar energy” in operation, using sea water in agriculture and cooling for the hydroponic and aquaponic technologies that are in the project. And based on reducing water waste and energy costs in the production of fish and vegetables and cooling for greenhouses using the pozzolanic wall in cooling, studying the success of cooling systems in light of temperature and humidity changes throughout the season, and operating the system with solar energy, indicating that the project depends on studying the use of three systems In agriculture they are: traditional protected agriculture, hydroponics for all agricultural systems, and integrative agriculture (aquaponics) between fish and plants, indicating that this important research project is an enhancement of agricultural development in coastal areas, in the context of concern for production efficiency and sustainability, and the pursuit of Presenting an integrated research model for producing vegetables and fish with a closed system for water recycling and desalination E the sea.
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