Qatari desert farmers make their own soil

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Farming is not a tradition in the Gulf states – extreme heat, scarce water and sandy soil not exactly ideal conditions.
But one food producer is aiming to change that – growing mushrooms in soil they’ve made themselves.
SOUNDBITE (Arabic) HEAD OF AGRICULTURE PROJECTS AT AGRICO COMPANY, NASSER AL-KHALAF, SAYING:
“The soil is composed of hay, agriculture gypsum and bird manure that are mixed together, fermented and then pasteurised. It is then ready to be used in the rooms. Soil preparation takes four weeks and then we need another four weeks for mushrooms to grow.”
Qatar’s climate means growing food is a challenge, according to the chairman of Agrico’s parent company.
SOUNDBITE (Arabic) CHAIRMAN OF INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, AHMED AL-KHALEF, SAYING:

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