Leading owner and operator of hydroponic farming facilities in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Pegasus Food Futures have been showcasing their pioneering hydroponic farming facilities at the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) Exhibition in Abu Dhabi at the Abu Dhabi Exhibition Centre.
With the world population set to grow from 7.3 billion to 8.5 billion by 2030 and 11.2 billion by 2100, ensuring long term food security has never been more important. Providing an affordable and reliable food source that is also environmentally sustainable is essential to meet the needs of the growing population. Pegasus Food Futures provides solutions for these global food supply challenges through its operations and innovations in farming, livestock, feed stock and food production.
The company's primary goal is to provide security for the future of our food and agricultural. Through continued investment into hydroponic farming technology, techniques and innovation they aim to support food security by growing sustainable and consistent produce that offers consumers a high quality, reasonably priced and fresh harvest each and every time.
How does Hydroponics work?
The hydroponic system is a soil-free culture for crops in which water and nutrients are delivered directly to the roots of the plant, removing the need for the plant to expend precious energy growing long roots through the soil to reach these vital ingredients. Produce is grown in advanced, environmentally-friendly greenhouses, able to accurately control and monitor each plant's nutrient intake. The design of the hydroponic farming systems ensures that the system uses up to 90% less water than traditional agriculture. Not only does this preserve precious natural resources, it also helps in reducing costs. What's more, the controlled conditions mean the crops require no pesticides and produce consistently high yields.
A hydroponic farm can continue functioning for more than 100 consecutive years, resulting in a secure, stable source of both food and employment for the local area.
The Pegasus Food Futures System combines intellectual property, seed germination processes and bespoke nutrient formulas that produce superior crops compared to competitors. With an impressive and growing track record in hydroponic farming technology, they are able to produce a wide range of fresh salad items, soft fruits, herbs and vegetables.
Having the right environment is essential for the hydroponic farm, including controlled humidity, temperature, Carbon Dioxide (CO2), and air circulation/exchange. The PFFS uses natural sunlight, achieved by building farms in locations where there is an abundance of natural light year-round. The water that supplies the plants is also tightly monitored and controlled, from its pH to nutrient balance, which varies throughout the growing cycle. The PFFS uses a unique formula for nutrients, specific to each crop and stage of the growing cycle, enabling the ideal produce to be grown.
Find out more about Pegasus Food Futures on the company's website.