Saudi Arabia has entered the Guinness World Records for achieving extraordinary achievements in agriculture. A farm at the Research Unit on the Use of Renewable Water for Agricultural Irrigation has been recognized as the world’s largest farm by volume.
Located in Wadi Bin Hashbal in Asir region, the farm spread over a large area of 3.2 million square meters is divided into two parts. Each has a concrete built water tank with a capacity of 5 lakh litres.
This farm has not only made the concept of sustainable agriculture a reality, it has taken it to the pinnacle of excellence. The farm has automatic system for irrigation in two large areas. Along with several other structures, the farm has five air-conditioned green houses.
The recognition was officially given at a ceremony held at the Saudi Reef Program headquarters in the capital, Riyadh. Environment, Water and Agriculture Affairs Minister Abdur Rahman bin Abdul Mohsen Al Fadli received the certificate of setting the world record at the event.
The farm has developed robust irrigation systems. There are specialists in irrigation, fertilization, maintenance and equipment management of the crops produced. They take care of 50 fields allocated for fruit plants.
The farm depends on the water used to irrigate the crops produced. And here lies the sustainability of the farm. The entire irrigation process is carefully carried out by a team of experts to ensure the highest agricultural standards. The farm mainly produces grapes, oranges, pomegranates, olives, lemons, figs and almonds.
Apart from this, other crops are grown in 20 other fields. Authorities said there are plans to expand fruit cultivation to 20 more fields in the near future.