In collaboration with the Agricultural Development Fund (ADF), the National Research and Development Center for Sustainable Agriculture (Estidamah) has organized a special workshop on “Modern Agriculture is a Promising Investment in Greenhouses”, from 22 to 24 December 2020, at Estidamah Center, Riyadh Techno Valley, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Through this workshop, Estidamah aims to boost the use of modern agricultural technologies in greenhouses in Saudi Arabia to help achieve food security, enhance investment opportunities, create new jobs in the agricultural sector, protect the Kingdom’s natural resources, especially water, and achieve the Kingdom’s 2030 Vision.
The workshop featured a training program that included updating participants on Estidamah and its role, greenhouse development in the Kingdom, modern agricultural technologies, soilless culture, standard specification of greenhouses in the middle region, crop management, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Estidamah findings of applying biological control as a safe and sustainable option to protect plants.
Furthermore, the workshop offered field applications, including access to the latest global greenhouse technologies used in Estidamah, the key findings of Estidamah research over the past two years, greenhouse specifications in Estidamah, how to produce seedling, as well as crop management.
This workshop comes as part of the ongoing collaboration between Estidamah and ADF to enhance join partnerships in agricultural development, mainly in organizing specialized workshops and training courses, fostering the culture of using modern technologies to increase production and ensure agricultural products safety, water use efficiency based on applied research conducted by Estidamah and other research centers. As well, Estidamah seeks to enhance investment in modern technologies in greenhouses, which form part of ADF’s role to encourage their use through increasing the proportion of funding projects that rely mainly on using modern technologies up to 70% of both investment and operation costs.
The workshop was attended by a number of investors in modern high-tech greenhouses, who were updated on the latest greenhouse technologies, their applications in the Kingdom, the risks involved and offered opportunities and how to capitalize on Estidamah’s expertise in modern greenhouse technologies.